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The desert of Gaza is nearly half a world away, but in Goldwin Smith Hall's crowded Lewis Auditorium Feb. 18, the conflict that began in the Middle East a century ago—and intensified in Gaza in December—felt very close to home. Dialogue at the panel discussion reflected the difficulty in isolating the current crisis, in which 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis have died, from its broader context.

Panelists: Retired senior research associate Mossaad Abdel-Ghany, Luis-Francois de Lencquesaing '09, Syed Saad Ahsan '10, political philosophy professor Richard Miller, and Cornell law student David Jacobus.

Nic van de Walle, associate dean for international studies and professor of government, moderated the event, which was sponsored by numerous campus organizations.