What college students should know about the war in Israel

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What college students should know about the war in Israel

November 14, 2023 -

Is Israel an oppressive occupier?

Among the many surprising incidents surrounding the war in Israel, the size and vitriol of many American college students decrying Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza is among the most surprising. What’s spurring their protests? And how can parents and families discuss the war in Israel with their college students with truth and in love so that serious discussions can happen without fracturing relationships?


  • (00:34): The latest news from Israel and the ground offensive in Gaza
  • (05:29): Iran’s role in the Israel war
  • (07:26): How Israel and Hamas are responding to global pressure
  • (11:06): Why Israel’s government has Arab representation
  • (18:00): Why Critical Theory calls Israel an “oppressor”
  • (21:59): Has Critical Theory replaced “majority rule with minority rights”?
  • (24:49): Why are many college students protesting the Israel war?
  • (26:59): Blending anti-Zionism with antisemitism
  • (29:34): Why does Palestine keep rejecting a two-state solution?
  • (34:15): Why do so many believe Israel is an “occupying colonizer”?
  • (40:12): How to navigate conversations about the war in Israel with family and friends


About Dr. Jim Denison

Jim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.

About Dr. Mark Turman

Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.

About Denison Forum

Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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