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Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Scot Allen

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Ninth grade students in Mr. Wiesner's World Civilization class recently conducted an analysis of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, one of the most serious issues facing the world today. The unit concluded with a debate, in which the entire class participated, representing the major Palestinian and Israeli perspectives.

In order to understand both sides (and the Middle East in general), analyze the issues, and develop feasible solutions to end the conflict, students: 

    Studied the history of the ancient Israeli Kingdom and religion.

    Prepared and Infographic on the interrelationship of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

    Gave presentations on the contributions of the Golden Age of Islam. 

    Studied the anti-semitism suffered by the Jewish people living in Europe, and origins of Zionism. 

    Completed a primary source document comparison of the McMahon-Hussein Correspondence (promise of Arab Independence), the Balfour Declaration (promise of a Jewish Homeland), and Sykes-Picot Agreement (division of Middle East between Britain and France).

    Completed the Brown Choices unit on the history of the conflict through the Third Intifada.

    Analyzed the issues currently dividing both sides in the current negotiations.

    Prepared debate notes on the positions of the key factions.

    Conducted a class debate representing a variety of perspectives on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.