Occupied Palestinian Territories

Occupied Palestinian Territories FlyerUsing the Palestinian territories as a case study, participants considered the role of hip hop as social protest. To view the full agenda, click here.

BBC News: Palestinian territories profile (multimedia)

BBC gives their overview of the occupied territories.

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.

Fact Sheet on Palestine Geography

Facts and figures related to Palestinian geography.

Gaza Strip Fact Sheet

A quick fact sheet providing clear information about Gaza Strip.

Articles about Hip Hop in the Middle East

Israel & the Palestinians: Key Maps

BBC gives interactive maps on Israel and Palestine.

Palestinian Facts and Information

This gives a good chunk of facts about Palestine and other resources.

Palestinian Territories

The state department offers key facts and maps about the area.

Rapping the Revolution

This article talks about the impact of rap on the Arab spring.  It ends with an interview with Tunisian Rap star Hamada Ben Amor, also known as El General (see also: Rap Songs of the Arab Spring)

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.

The Question of Palestine and the United Nations

UN displays their plans and thoughts on the conflict.

Two Views of West Bank Barrier

Interactive map of the separation barrier.

Water: Teaching about the World’s Most Valuable Resource


Young Adult Literature on Israel/Palestine

Literature resource for younger readers.

Jadaliyya: Palestine

A collection of articles about Palestine posted on Jadaliyya

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

psu logo edited People, Power & Protest: Teaching About the Palestinian Occupied Territories (audio)

Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, Laura Robson speaks at a workshop for educators which focused on the use of hip hop music and art to teach about social and political protest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

People, Power & Protest: Teaching About the Palestinian Occupied Territories

Rap Songs of the Arab Spring (audio)

This NPR story features YouTube videos of musicians who have been responding to—and provoking—the protests in countries like Egypt and Tunisia. Some of these songs have played a direct role in popular uprisings, while others have helped galvanize international support. Songs are rapped in both English and Arabic, and international collaborations have helped to spread the music over the Internet, via Facebook and YouTube.

Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power (video)

Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: “What I Will” and “break (clustered)” — meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: “Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.”

In her poems and plays, Suheir Hammad blends the stories and sounds of her Palestinian-American heritage with the vibrant language of Brooklyn to create a passionately modern voice.

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.

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

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.

psu logo edited Hip Hop as Part of the Palestinian Poetic Tradition

This lesson provides the materials for a comparison of three songs: “Dedication,” by DAM; “My Mother” by Mahmoud Darwish, sung by Marcele Khalife; and “As I Walk” by Samih al-Qasim, sung by Marcele Khalife and explores how DAM’s hip hop music fits into the Palestinian poetic tradition. Because of some violent imagery, these would be most appropriate for discussion in a high school classroom.

Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education

Learning Each Other’s Historical Narratives

Narrative based history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

psu logo edited Music and the Arab Spring

The occupied Palestinian territories have not taken part in the waves of unrest that marked the Arab Spring in other parts of the Middle East. Nonetheless, the music of Palestinian Hip Hop artist DAM, produced several years ago, provides one window into the feelings of frustration that many Arabs—Palestinian and otherwise—have felt even before the Arab spring.  In fact, it is this emotional state that I think many American students find difficult to understand: what does it feel like to live in an oppressive political system that seems like it will never change?  Post-Arab spring songs, by contrast, express some of the ebullience and pride that came with proving that change, indeed, was possible.

Narratives, A Two Part Lesson for High School Students

A teachers guide on how to discuss the palestine and Israel conflict.

psu logo edited Slingshot Hip Hop: Discussion Questions and Resources

Discussion questions and resources for teaching with the 2008 documentary, Slingshot Hip Hop.

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.