Peace through Knowledge

Peace through Knowledge

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Talks on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Given by two knowledgeable, articulate and lively speakers, one Muslim the other Jewish, the balanced 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. 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.

The talks 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 PHSE students to those studying for GCSE and A-Level.

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

The speakers bring their presentation on a USB and will require the use of a projector, screen and computer. Many conflicting stories have been written and taught about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and it is sometimes hard to know what to believe.

We give free talks for all ages, which are all tailored for each individual audience - see Talks for more details. We provide educational resources on this web site which are free to use, aimed at Primary to A-Level and PSHE. They are all designed as a class resource with Teachers' Notes, and for individual study.

For further information, or to book a talk for students or teachers, please contact the Secretary, Anne Smith, at office@middleeastedu.co.uk or on 07790 860 742


Emphasis of the talks can be determined by the teacher or any of the following:

  • 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
  • Its religious aspects
  • Refugees
  • Its relation to Ethics, 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 barely inhabitable 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 role of refugee agencies
  • How views and claims have changed over the years
  • How the media reports on the conflict. Fake News

Talks can be based on a film which are 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
  • "Whose Land?" (90 minutes) Produced by Title Deed Media, 2018. A group of historians and international lawyers examines the conflicting claims of the Palestinians and the Israelis through the eyes of verifiable history and international law
  • "Hug Me" (3 minutes) YouTube. A Palestinian and an Israeli Jew stand in the street asking to be hugged, with surprising results

Israel and her neighbours

Many conflicting stories have been written and taught about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and it is sometimes hard to know what to believe.

We give free talks for all ages, which are all tailored for each individual audience -

We provide educational resources on this web site which are free to use, aimed at Primary to A-Level and PSHE. They are all designed as a class resource with Teachers' Notes, and for individual study.

Middle East Education (London) is a registered charity [number 1165495] which seeks to provide all sides of the story, and to acquaint students with differing interpretations of historical events and the present situation in the Middle East, in order to help them reach their own conclusions based on this knowledge.

We believe that information and education are essential tools in furthering anti-racism, and our underlying aim is the promotion of harmonious relations between Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities in the UK.

All the educational material on this website, as well as the contents of our talks, prepared in consultation with teachers and by Jewish, Christian and Muslim experts in the field working together, gives a balanced and factual look at the issues involved, in a format easily accessible by students and teachers.


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