MIDDLE EAST EDUCATION

The Arab-Israeli Conflict - both Sides of the Story

Talks

Every session involves the students, with discussions, time for questions, etc.

All the talks, prepared in consultation with teachers and with experts from both sides, give a balanced yet factual look at the issues involved.

Given by knowledgeable, articulate and lively speakers, the talks can be provided in accordance with the requests from individual schools, and are accompanied by colourful PowerPoint presentations containing many maps and photos, films, and animation. Discussion and questions by the students are encouraged.

They can be aimed at any age from Primary to years 12 and 13, and for students with any degree of knowledge, from very knowledgeable to little or none; for students of General Studies to those studying the OCR A-Level History syllabus, unit Y321 'Middle East 1908 -2011, Ottomans to Arab Spring'.

They can be aimed at KS4, or in slightly more detail at PHSE students, or in more depth for those studying in greater intensity for A Level and above.

Length can be determined by each school or institution, although we suggest allowing as much time as possible for this complex subject.

The topics:

  • An introduction to the conflict, outlining the historical, religious, and political claims of both sides;
  • The identities and histories of the Palestinians and the Israelis;
  • How the media reports on the conflict. Fake News;
  • Its religious aspects;
  • Its relation to Ethics of War, peace talks, and examining the current situation in Gaza and the West Bank;
  • Outlines of recent peace processes and events;
  • Malaria, how its eradication can lead to habitation of previously uninhabitable land;
  • Israeli-Palestinian co-operation in water, the environment, trade, IT, security, etc;
  • The Way Forward. Explores alternative suggestions for a resolution to the conflict;
  • The Arab Spring/Winter;
  • The role of refugee agencies.
  • How views and claims have changed over the years.

Further talks can be supplied, enlarging on any of the aspects outlined above, or on a related subject.

Insets

We offer sessions for teachers, either as half day INSETS, or as one-hour sessions after school, given jointly by a Muslim and a Jew both with strong links to the conflict area.


Films (Shown with a speaker, with explanations, question-time, discussions).

  • "Shadya" (50 minutes) Produced by Budo for Peace - This shows two years in the life of an Arab with Israeli citizenship living in Israel . Shadya is Israeli's karate champion who goes on to become a world gold medallist. It follows her as she battles with conflicts of identity and tries to balance her modern views with those of her more traditional family. (Budo For Peace)
  • "Jerusalem and the Temple Mount" (10 minutes) Produced by Springboard Educational Trust - The history, current situation, and conflicting views on the future of Jerusalem.
  • "Forgotten Refugees" (20 minutes) Produced by Harif - After most conflicts there is an exchange of populations resulting in many refugees on both sides. This film traces the effects on Jewish refugees from Arab countries in the early 1950s.
  • "Refugees" (4 minutes) Produced by MEEDU – a brief overview of refugees: todays refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, Arab refugees from what is now Israel, and Jewish refugees from the Arab world.
  • "Forsaken Promise" (Abridged version 40 minutes) Produced by Hatikvah Film Trust, distributed by CFI Communications - Details the role of the British Mandate in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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