the parallel histories of israel and palestine

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:

Debate programs for several chapters. These videos prepare classes for debates on landmark events in the region’s history, such as the Balfour Declaration or the 1948 war, and include twelve pieces of evidence for students to work from.

A series of classroom lesson plans which work with the materials featured in the video chapters. You can find them here.

 

INTRODUCTION: THE COMPLETE HISTORY

If you or your students are new to this topic, you might want to start with this short overview of the region’s history, told as two narratives.

SEPARATION wall between israel and palestine

SEPARATION wall between israel and palestine


Jaffa’s clocktower, approximately 1914. (Matson Collection)

Jaffa’s clocktower, approximately 1914. (Matson Collection)

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.

 




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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.


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.  

photo: https://alchetron.com/First-Intifada-2621161-W

photo: https://alchetron.com/First-Intifada-2621161-W

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.




 
 
 
 

A series of classroom lesson plans designed using historical sources featured in our video lessons. The plans are free and easy to download.