This series presents a balanced overview of the Israeli-Arab conflict including its historical background, various sides in the debate over land for peace proposals, and unique attempts at rapprochement.
Suggested Audience: The course can be modified for middle school, high school, and adult learners.
Note: This is a five part series. There is an optional alternative for sessions 3 and 4. Individual sessions can be ordered individually apart from the entire series.
Session 1: An overview of the historical underpinnings to the conflict, from biblical times until the present day, with an emphasis on events of the past century. This interactive session is led by an educator using engaging images, multi-media, and other aids to provide your students a foundation to enable them to move to the next four sessions.
Session 2: Teachers from a kibbutz near the Gaza strip will describe life on a kibbutz in general, and one along the Gaza border in particular. As these communities have been rocketed repeatedly over the past decade, their unique perspective on the conflict will be of great interest to students.
Session 3: Students will learn about the history, development and logic behind the “land for peace” approach to solving the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Session 4: Students will meet with a settler from the West Bank (and/or former communities in the Gaza Strip) for their take on the conflict and their approach to its solution.
Session 5: Students will meet with a teacher from the Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem (www.handinhandk12.org). This is a dual-culture, dual-language school comprised of both Arab and Israeli students and teachers. Judaism and Islam are taught, as are Hebrew and Arabic. A very unique school, these teachers will discuss their approach to solving the conflict and their current activities in addressing it.
Alternative option for Sessions 3+4: “WHOSE LAND IS THIS?”
One of the strengths of Israeli society is the genuine concern and caring that its citizens have about its character and future. While the high-pitched and sometimes raucous debate can at first seem unruly, once one realizes that the source of the debate is from a genuine love for country and people, one truly appreciates the emotional and existential nature of the debate. Nowhere is this divide felt more than in the area of the settlements in Judea and Samaria which have proven to be an apparent stumbling block in the current negotiations. In this session the instructor will present both sides of the issue in a politically incorrect fashion. The idea is to present the extremes and thus present to the student the dilemma that Israeli society faces. Each presentation will last for approximately 15 minutes and then we will analyze the arguments of each side of the debate.