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Flex Talk offers context for Israel & Palestine

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Ana Casado
Dr Price, Mr Fiorella, Mr Hahn (left to right) giving a flex talk.

On November 21st, Mr. Hahn, Dr. Price, and Mr. Fiorella gave a Flex Talk regarding the issues around Israel and Palestine in the Moyer Theater.

Because it is such a complex conflict with so much history behind it, they wanted to open it to healthy discussion.

They encouraged students to prepare and submit questions they had on their hearts and minds beforehand.

At the start of the talk, Mr. Fiorella prompted the audience to tighten and then release their fists, symbolizing the need to let go of personal opinions and approach the discussion with an open mind.

“Mr. Hahn, Dr. Price and I are presenting facts in a neutral voice. We are here to inform you about those facts, not to push an [opinion onto you] over another,” Fiorella said.

Dr. Price, assistant director of the CLARC with a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, specializing in the Hebrew Bible, provided historical context.

Mr. Hahn, an instructor in AP Comparative Government Politics and International Studies, and a former US Army member, presented an overview of the current situation and global responses.

Concluding the talk, Mr. Fiorella, a Biblical Studies teacher at Jesuit pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership, explained the Catholic Church’s stance on the conflict.

Jesuit High School hopes to create an environment where students feel inclined to learn about these difficult issues.

Clubs like JSU (Jewish Student Union) and Arab American Club have been meeting to engage in constructive discussions, showcasing unity during this complex issue.

JSU club member Mason Zimmerman was one of many students in the audience.

“I think it’s really important that our school is educated and aware about these global issues because not only does it resonate with many of our students here at Jesuit, but it’s affecting millions of lives in our world right now,” Zimmerman said.

“It is important to know that this is a place where students can explore really difficult issues—a safe environment,” Price said.

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Ana Casado, News Editor
Opinionated, Ambitious, and Creatives are adjectives that characterize Ana Casado. She uses these traits on an everyday basis and applies them to all of her projects. Ana has previous experience with Graphic Design through Yearbook class and will be using these skills for the Jesuit Chronicle. She’s looking forward to writing opinion-based articles, announcing sports games, and hosting shows. Ana is looking to major in Journalism in college and her life-long dream is to become a writer for a Newspaper. Outside of school she loves to read novels, hang out with friends and family, and try new restaurants of international cuisine.