By Devin K. Harvin, Boston University
I finally understand why the land of Israel has been fought over since, what feels like, the beginning of mankind.
I was standing looking at the sunrise over the sea of Galilee and realized that I am in the land where love was born. The most powerful force known to man, was birthed on this land; I could feel as I moved throughout the city. It felt different, like there was just something genuine about this place. It was ironic that a place that is constantly at the center of so much conflict is built upon the basic principle of love.
Israel will forever have a special place in my heart because of what I felt while traveling through the entire country. Regardless of if someone is pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, or has yet to find where the beliefs fall, I think everyone should go to Israel. Religious or secular, there’s something for everyone in Israel. Is there work to be done? Absolutely. Did I struggle to understand all the nuances of the conflict and what any solution will look like? Completely. But I brought home, a feeling that cannot be reproduced.
You have to go and see and feel for yourself. It’s contagious from the moment you enter the land, you can’t help but feel something. It’s not just in the holy city of Jerusalem, but it’s throughout the entire country. I’m far from an expert on the conflict, but I think one of the first steps to ending the conflict and finding real peace is taking a step back and remembering where you are, the birthplace of love.