the israeli-palestinian conflict
Below you will find our first syllabus, in seven video chapters.
The best way to use these interactive videos is for individual study, either at home or in the classroom.
We've also developed a series of classroom lesson plans which work off the materials featured in the videos. You can find them at the bottom of this page, or here.
CHAPTER 1. THE JEWS AND THE ARABS 1914 - 21
Find out about how the World War changed the fortunes of the Arabs and the Jews and gave them both hope that they could establish a state in Palestine.
CHAPTER 4. THE 1948 ARAB–ISRAELI WAR
The civil war that erupted at the end of 1947 morphed into an all out war between the new state of Israel and its Arab neighbors. For the Israelis this became their War of Independence, and for the Palestinians their Naqba, or Disaster.
Our video lesson for this chapter will help students build towards a debate around this topic. It provides a concise history of the war along with a motion for debate and selected historical sources which students can use to support their arguments.
CHAPTER 5. THE FIRST INTIFADA 1987-1993
This Arab uprising caught both the Israeli government and the PLO in exile by surprise. Find out how it deepened a split in Israeli society over what to do with the land won in 1967, and began the negotiations that led to the Oslo Accords.
If you don’t have time for an in-depth study but you still want to explore elements of the First Intifada, here’s a lesson which prepares students to debate ‘Were the Israelis justified in their use of force in the First Intifada?’
It contains a brief historical overview, suggestions for arguments for both ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and ten pieces of evidence for each side to use.
When Hamas captured Corporal Gilad Shalit on the Southern Gaza border in October 2006 no one expected it to take over five years to negotiate his release in exchange for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Find out what happened and what impact it has had on Israeli and Palestinian politics and society.
The last years of the twentieth century saw the peaceful end of some major conflicts: the Cold War was concluded; Apartheid ended in South Africa; both sides laid down their guns in Northern Ireland and in the Middle East, the Oslo peace accords suggested that the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians was also heading towards a settlement. This was not what happened, although all parties claimed it’s what they wanted. Find out in this programme what went wrong, and why this conflict has proved so hard to settle.
A series of classroom lesson plans designed using historical sources featured in our video lessons. The plans are free and easy to download.