Week 4: 25/1/2010 - 29/1/2020

HP-S4-HI Tutorial 2: Arab-Israeli Conflict after World War II


Objectives:
  • To analyse the Arab-Israeli Conflict, paying special attention to causes & possibility of reconciliation

Prescribed Readings:

Tasks:
1) Consider the typical causes of disputes, who is involved with them, what prolongs them and how they are resolved. What seem to be the key ingredients in resolving disputes? What has to occur between/among the involved parties in order for a dispute to end?
2) Discussion - Arab-Israeli Conflict PowerPoint (intro)

Please note the addition of this PowerPoint which is on understanding the origin of the conflict. It contains concepts, turning points and some thought-provoking questions to help you understand this conflict more fully.



3) Go through the 3 PowerPoint Presentations ([[|http://hci-hp-s4-history.wikispaces.com/]] or ivle)
- Arab-Israeli Conflict: 1948 – 1967

- Arab-Israeli Conflict: 1967 – 1973

- Arab-Israeli Conflict Today

4) Do the prescribed readings.

5) View “History of a Conflict” video-clips.

In this three part series, Charles Smith, professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona gives an account of the history of Palestine and Israel. In the first part Smith describes
the period from the first wave of Zionist immigrants up to the end of the British mandate in 1948. The second part takes us from the foundation of the State of Israel to the 1967 war and the occupation of the West Bank. In the third segment, Smith covers the 1967 and 1973 wars, the land-for-peace agreement with Egypt up to the Olso Accords and the first and second intifadas. [Producer: John Odam (2006)]

Part One (29.02mins)
Part Two (28.35 mins)
Part Three (28.35 mins)

6) Complete HP-HI-401 Worksheet 2 – Arab-Israeli Conflict

Use the jumbled up answer cards to help you complete Worksheet 2

7) Decision-making Time: Choice of two assignments

Choice 1 Assignment:
  • Support either the Palestinians or the Israelis based on your perceptions and your present knowledge level of the facts.
  • After you have chosen to support either the Israeli or Palestinian side, do some research on the opposite viewpoint from which you originally supported.
  • Use the Guide Sheet below to help you with your research.
  • After completing the research phase, write a persuasive speech to the delegates of the United Nations stating why the side you have supported should have the right to their homeland.
Directions: This is for guidance only. Your research should not be limited to only these questions.
Guide Sheet: The Israeli Perspective
Guide Sheet: The Palestinian Perspective
1. What is the religion of the majority of Israel’s population?
2. Give a brief history of the religion.
3. Explain the importance of Jerusalem to their religion.
4. Is their claim to the land only religion based?
5. If no, on what is the claim to the land based?
6. What was the Diaspora?
7. How has this affected the present situation in Israel?
8. Who occupied the land after the Diaspora?
9. Throughout history various groups of people/countries controlled the land in Israel. Name them.
10. What are the other names present day Israel has been called?
11. Throughout history certain ethnic groups referred have referred to this land as home. Name them.
12. Explain what happened in the Middle East region after WWI.
13. What happened in the Middle East region after WWII?
14. Explain the Zionist movement.
15. Name Israel’s major allies. Name Israel’s major enemies.
16. When were the last peace talks held? What was accomplished?
1. What is the religion of most of the Palestinians?
2. Give a brief history of the religion.
3. Explain the importance of Jerusalem to their religion.
4. Is their claim to the land only religion based?
5. If no, on what is the claim to the land based?
6. What was the Diaspora?
7. How has this affected the present situation in Israel?
8. Who occupied the land after the Diaspora?
9. Throughout history various groups of people/countries controlled the land in Israel. Name them.
10. What are the other names present day Israel has been called?
11. Throughout history certain ethnic groups referred have referred to this land as home. Name them.
12. Explain what happened in the Middle East region after WWI.
13. What happened in the Middle East region after WWII?
14. Explain the Islamic Resistance Movement.
15. Name the Palestinian’s major allies. Name their enemies.
16. When were the last peace talks held? What was accomplished?
Choice 2 Assignment:
  • Write a personal account in the form of a journal entry, from the point of view of an Israeli or Palestinian student. Your account can be written in the present day or in the past, but you must reflect a major event in the history of the conflict and should include some details based on research. Consider how it must feel to live in the midst of such a conflict.

8) Pair-Work: Critique partner’s work.

Guiding questions - Was the account believable/speech convincing? Was it clear when and by whom it was supposed to be written? Did the account/speech include relevant facts based on research? Did the account reflect how a young person might feel living in the midst of conflict?

9) Present your speech or share your account with the class.

10) Source-based Question (Revision & Utility) – Arab-Israeli Conflict.