Thursday, July 26, 2018

Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS)  has a terrific series of lessons about the Arab-Israeli conflict.   The series includes five lessons, each with videos, primary sources, maps, timelines, quizzes, and fill-in graphics. Each lesson opens in Adobe Spark with colorful and engaging graphics.

The lessons are balanced and offer both sides. For example, each lesson includes four primary sources, two Arab and two Israeli.

The first lesson examines the development of Zionism and Arab nationalism. Documents about the development of Zionism include an excerpt from Theodor Herzl, and one from the First Zionist Congress in 1897.  The lesson examines the development of Arab nationalism with excerpts from the writing of Sati' Al-Hursi and another from the First Arab Congress in 1913.

The second lesson looks at the promises made to both Arabs and Jews after World War I.  The first two primary sources focus on the promise made to the Arabs with an excerpt  from the Hussein-McMahon correspondence in 1915, and the Sykes-Picot Agreement.  Promises made to the Jews include the Balfour Declaration and the Feisal-Weizmann Agreement in 1919.

Thanks to Aiesha Hassan McFadden for posting the link to this site.

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