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November 2012. Andrew Konya is in the second year of his PhD program, mastering computational physics by day and building machine-learning algorithms at night. Nearly 10,000 miles away the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has once again boiled out of control and violence has broken out. For the next week, Palestinians will be trying to dodge of Israeli airstrikes while Israelis are forced to take shelter from Hamas rocket fire. Between November 14th- 21st, roughly 1,000 Palestinians and 200 Israelis, the majority civilians on both sides, are injured or killed.
Journalists and activists condemn the violence, pictures of crying, wounded children and their destroyed homes fill the airwaves. But politicians, both in Gaza and Israel, and their allies around the world defend their actions, Israel citing the right to defend their citizens and Palestinians their right to pursue freedom and autonomy.