| Lesson Plans- Israel/Palestine and the Cold War
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for High School classrooms:
The Palestinian/Israeli Conflict (PDF) by Carlos Cohen, San Marcos High School
Synopsis: This lesson will give the historical context to delve deeper into the particulars of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its aim is introductory. (...)
The Israeli Security Fence: A Hearing (PDF) by Dennis Lynch, Canyon High School
Synopsis: This lesson will be used toward the end of the study on the Middle East to deal with current issues in the conflict between Arabs and Israelis. The students should have a good idea by this point of the positions of each side, and the “hearing” on whether or not the Israeli security fence torn down will encapsulate the positions and the problems in contemporary Palestine.
The Partition of Palestine (PDF) by Jennifer K. Ritz, San Pedro High School
This lesson plan uses this Internet Hotlist.
Synopsis: Students will develop a historical understanding of the complex issues behind the decisions made in the Middle East, specifically in Israel/Palestine, by examining the multiple perspectives & agendas of the various parties involved. Students will pursue research using the internet to give them background knowledge which will help them to articulate their evaluation, as well as, creative solutions to this problem.
The Israel/Palestine Conflict "And The Walls Came…": Perceptions, Perspectives, Prospects (PDF) by Marjorie Sabnis, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
This lesson plan uses this PowerPoint presentation (1.7MB- we recommend that you download this file (right-click) rather than view it in your browser).
Synopsis: In this lesson, students will examine the people, places, and circumstances surrounding the construction of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War and the West Bank Barrier currently being built in Israel/Palestine. In the course of analyzing both cases, including geographical factors, historical contexts, and cause(s) & effect(s), students should further their understanding of human & social behavior and actions.
The Palestinian- Israeli Conflict (PDF) by Frank Stewart, Santa Barbara High School
Synopsis: The lesson plan deals with the ongoing conflict between the Israeli and the Palestinian peoples. It uses the Bob Marley song "Exodus," the video Legacy of Hatred, group discussions, and role-playing among other activities.
for College-level courses:
The Great Powers’ Geopolitical Interest in the State of Israel (PDF) by Sean Guillory, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Synopsis: Objectives for this lesson plan include an understanding of the history of the creation of Israel and its effects on the Middle East; student analysis of the creation of Israel as an episode in the Cold War and its relationship to American and Soviet geopolitical interests; and analysis of how current US support of Israel is rooted in its post-Sept 11 geopolitical interests.
50-minute version (PDF) for discussion sections up to an hour in length.
90-minute version (PDF) for 1.5 to 2 hour discussion sections.
US Foreign Policy in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (PDF) by Eric Staples, UCSB
Synopsis: Students should understand the different perspectives regarding US foreign policy in the Arab-Israeli conflict in both the Cold War and post-Cold War context by outlining Zionist and Arab perspectives towards Israel, reviewing the basic solutions proposed, explaining initial Soviet support for Israel, and articulating the different stances and interests within the US government towards US support for Israel.