Israel

Arts & Identity: Exploring Palestinian and Israeli Identity through the Arts (multimedia)

On these pages you will find portraits of artists and arts organizations the author encountered during a Fulbright in Israel and Palestine. Each portrait contains a brief overview as well as one or more of the following elements: interviews, photographs, slide shows, short videos, Animotos, and links to other sources.

Jerusalem: Jewish and Muslim Claims to the Holy Land

Jerusalem is at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict. What are the spiritual, historical and political claims – from both sides?

Country Studies

The Library of Congress Country Studies include extensive information about all Middle Eastern countries, including historical overviews as well as information about government structure, economics, and demographics.

Specific countries can’t be bookmarked, so follow the link above and select the country of interest.

Emergence Magazine: Israel-Palestine and Nonviolence

Emergence is a monthly online and print magazine from the Metta Center for Nonviolence dedicated to telling the emerging story of nonviolence appearing around the world. This issue focuses on nonviolence in Israel and Palestine. Be sure to check out the Education Corner at the end.

Hebrew Cultural Orientation

Cultural Orientations from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offer an engaging introduction to a given cultural group. Linguists and non-linguists alike will benefit from these interactive materials and pertinent language exchanges that are coupled with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.

Is Peace Possible? In Interactive Map (multimedia)

The Interactive Map is an addition to the “Is Peace Possible?” – a multi-platform project developed by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, SAYA/Design for Change, and The Atlantic on the opportunities and challenges of reaching a comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The initial project is organized around four core issues of the conflict: Borders, Security, Refugees, and Jerusalem – presented on a unique website platform – containing animated and narrated presentation videos for each issue.

Israel & the Palestinians: Key Maps

BBC gives interactive maps on Israel and Palestine.

Israel Fact Sheet

A quick fact sheet providing clear information about Israel.

Israel Facts and Figures

Israel facts and figures from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Israel in Perspective

This resource from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offers a country profile section containing basic facts about the target country, followed by selected themes organized under the major headings of Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security.

Israel-Syria Negotiations: The Issues

Explaining the negotiations between the countries of Syria and Israel.

Israeli Flag

Details about the Israeli flag.

Palestine, Israel, and the Arab Israeli Conflict: A Primer

An excellent background to the Arab Israeli conflict, written by Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar.

The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Cheryl Rubenberg reviews The Balfour Declaration, by Jonathan Schneer, a book which provides an in-depth look at the process by which the document that birthed the State of Israel came about and situates it in the whole of British Middle East policy during World War I.

Water: Teaching about the World’s Most Valuable Resource

 

Al-Monitor Pulse: Israel (text)

Al-Monitor Pulse: Israel offers  original reporting and analysis by prominent journalists and experts from the Middle East about Israel

Contestant No. 2 (video)

How far can one young woman push a conservative culture? Duah Fares is an Arab-Israeli teenager and member of the Druze minority, a religious sect living predominantly in Israel, Syria and Lebanon.  When she changes her name to Angelina and sets her sights on the Miss Israel pageant, her tight-knit religious community balks. Miss Israel requires a bathing suit competition, but to appear that way in public would disgrace her family and even put her in danger from those who would rather see her dead than see the community dishonored.

Contestant No. 2 follows Fares and her family as they navigate the boundaries of traditional values while she tries to achieve her dream.

Haaretz (text)

This newspaper provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East.

A Brief History of Zionism (video)

Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History, Zachary Lockman, provides an overview of the origins, development, and varying trends of Zionism.

Is Peace Possible? In Interactive Map (multimedia)

The Interactive Map is an addition to the “Is Peace Possible?” – a multi-platform project developed by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, SAYA/Design for Change, and The Atlantic on the opportunities and challenges of reaching a comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The initial project is organized around four core issues of the conflict: Borders, Security, Refugees, and Jerusalem – presented on a unique website platform – containing animated and narrated presentation videos for each issue.

Israel & Palestine: No More Taking Sides (audio)

A podcast about Israeli/Palestinian relations.

Israel News (text)

Current news about Israel from the New York Times.

Jerusalem (video)

After a year of research and preparation, the giant screen film JERUSALEM advanced into production with an unprecedented aerial shoot throughout Israel and the West Bank. Scheduled for worldwide release in 2013, the film will take audiences on a spectacular tour of the Holy Land and the city once believed to lie at the center of the world.

Just Vision Multimedia Resources Hub (multimedia)

Just Vision recently launched a new multimedia resources hub, with tools in ArabicHebrew and English for educators, faith leaders, students and organizers to learn more and bring these stories back to their family, friends, campuses and communities

My Neighborhood: A Film from Just Vision (video)

My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed el Kurd,  a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem, as he comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable cooperation in his backyard.

Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life (audio)

In spite of the hatred and frustration on the surface, Palestinian activist and scholar Sari Nusseibeh optimistically believes that deep down there is readiness on the part of both Israelis and Palestinians to make peace.

Arab Israeli Conflict Simulation

The Arab-Israeli Conflict / Middle East Simulation (AIC) is a political and diplomatic character-playing simulation run by Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) at the University of Michigan. Its purpose is to immerse participants in the dynamics of national and international politics — and thereby help them to become aware of the complex nature of political reality.

Both Sides of the Fence: The West Bank Security Wall

This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film This Way Up, which follows the lives of people in and around a nursing home near the Israeli security barrier in East Jerusalem. Classrooms can use this film and its companion website resources to examine the impact of the security barrier on everyday life and to deepen their understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

An in-depth, multimedia look at the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its geopolitical repercussions.

psu logo edited Current Perspectives on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict through Hip Hop

psu logo edited Diversity of Israel through Sport (Forerunners Lesson)

This lesson explores the diversity of Israel through the soccer film Forerunners (Israel, 2006)

Emergence Magazine: Israel-Palestine and Nonviolence

Emergence is a monthly online and print magazine from the Metta Center for Nonviolence dedicated to telling the emerging story of nonviolence appearing around the world. This issue focuses on nonviolence in Israel and Palestine. Be sure to check out the Education Corner at the end.

Is Peace Possible? In Interactive Map (multimedia)

The Interactive Map is an addition to the “Is Peace Possible?” – a multi-platform project developed by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, SAYA/Design for Change, and The Atlantic on the opportunities and challenges of reaching a comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The initial project is organized around four core issues of the conflict: Borders, Security, Refugees, and Jerusalem – presented on a unique website platform – containing animated and narrated presentation videos for each issue.

Learning Each Other’s Historical Narratives

Narrative based history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Making a Difference in the Midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Students explore the Palestinian-Israeli conflict using segments from the PBS program: Wide Angle: Heart of Jenin. In the Introductory Activity, students learn about the history and complexity of the conflict. In the Learning Activities, students learn about a Palestinian father who donated his son’s organs to six children, including an Orthodox Jewish girl, and reflect upon choices that organ donors make. Students also explore why conflict persists in the region. In the Culminating Activity, students explore grassroots efforts to promote peace and write essays about the role individuals/organizations can play in promoting peace in the region, citing examples from history

Media Construction of the Middle East

These four teaching-ready units (which include teacher guides, student handouts, overviews, and assessments) presented by Ithaca College explore the representation of the Middle East in the Media.  The units include: (1) Introducing the Middle East; (2) Israel/Palestine: Histories in Conflict; (3) War in Iraq: Whose Voice, Whose Story?; (4) Militant Muslims and the US.

Pioneers in Pre-State Israel: The Women of the First Aliyah

Designed for students in grades 9 – 12, this chapter explores the role of women in the first Jewish migration, or Aliyah, to historic Palestine.

This chapter is from the Hemisphere’s “Restoring Women to World Studies” unit, produced by the University of Texas at Austin.

psu logo edited Security or Separation? Analyzing the West Bank Barrier Through Soccer

This lesson explores varying perspectives on the West Bank Barrier through two short commercials.

Shadya: The Arab Israeli Experience & Muslim Feminism

These lessons use the Israeli movie Shadya to explore investigate the situation of Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel and to explore some of the ways that Muslim women are fighting for gender equality.

 

Shadya: The Israeli Arab Experience

During this lesson, students will investigate the situation of Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel and how the film Shadya draws attention to a population rarely exposed in the media. Students will then use their research skills to take a deeper look at a minority group in another country and present their findings and recommendations online.  Watch the film here.

Teaching About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Comprehensive lesson unit for teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Dual Narratives

The workshop provids attendees with insights into the challenges of teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, suggestions for how to present the historical context and current situation using essential and unit questions, and methodology for teaching peace attempts and barriers to peace. Dr. Shoman provides attending educators with sample lessons, assessment tools, background readings, maps, and website links that can be used in the classroom.

Produced by Dr. Samia Shoman and distributed by the University of Chicago

The Palestinians “Right of Return” 

One of the most difficult issues that Israelis and Palestinians must solve in order to work out a peace agreement is the issue of the Palestinian “right of return.” When the state of Israel was declared in 1947, a war broke out between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Many of the Arab residents who lived in what became Israel fled their homes. Many more fled during the Arab-Israeli war in 1967. Now, many Palestinians are asking for the right to return to their homes in what is now Israel proper. This is an issue that is very emotional for people on both sides of this conflict. Students will consider the reasons for and against the Palestinian ‘right of return.’

A lesson from the Understanding Migration Curriculum Resources for the Classroom Unit Plan from the University of Texas at Austin.

Young Adult Literature on Israel/Palestine

Literature resource for younger readers.