Lesson: Governments on Each Side: Democratic? Peaceful?

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Lesson Objective

Students identify arguments and evidence regarding democratic policies within the conflict in Israel-Palestine

Lesson Plan

Lesson Name: Israel-Palestine- Governments            Course: High School Language Arts by Anke al-Bataineh

Objective:   Students identify arguments and evidence regarding democratic policies within the conflict in Israel-Palestine

Materials:

Attached articles

Chapters 17, 21, 28 of "The Case for Israel" http://www.amazon.com/Case-Israel-Alan-Dershowitz/dp/047146502X

Index cards

Highlighters

           
Anticipatory Set:         (10 min)
Do both governments practice democracy and respect human rights?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6KSm6c3FX0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm4zuKukUco

 

Topic and Position Frames:        

AC: Israel is a democratic state that treats Arabs better than any Arab state treats Jews.

AC: Israel is a home for Jewish refugees from all over the world, who are still threatened today.

AR: Arab governments have always given second-class status to religious minorities.

X: Muslim governments protected Jews, but did not treat them as equals.

X: Palestinians are divided mainly over how much to give in to Israeli demands, and this hurts democracy. Israel has a steady democracy, but there is disagreement about how to treat Palestinians.

NC: Arab and Muslim governments have always respected religious minorities and would have accepted Jews if they hadn't attacked their neighbors.

NC: Israel undermines Palestinian democracy and then blames the Palestinians for not having a state.

NR: Israel treats Arab residents like second-class citizens.


Vocabulary:

Policy

Doves

Hawks

Fatah

Hamas


Lesson Reflection:

What went well?

What would you change?

What needs explanation?

Students mostly understand the idea of human rights and discrimination through their own connections to American civil rights.

I will try to deemphasize the individual leaders, because the politics of personality is very distracting.

It might come up that students want to know: Israeli citizens are mostly forbidden from traveling to occupied Palestinian areas. This is for safety officially, but deeply affects public relations.



Lesson Resources

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6KSm6c3FX0
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm4zuKukUco
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B Tselem The Seperation Barrier  
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B Tselem Beating and Abuse of Palestinians by the Israeli Security Forces  
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B Tselem The Seperation Barrier Statistics  
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B Tselem The Nature of Settler Violence  
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B Tselem Attacks on Israeli Civilians by Palestinians Israel s obligations in responding to rocket and mortar fire  
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West Bank Reports of Torture in Palestinian Detention Human Rights Watch  
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Gaza Hamas Should End Killings Torture Human Rights Watch  
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For Israel s Arab Citizens Isolation and Exclusion  
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CorruptionPA  
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All Demonstrations Banned Human Rights Watch  
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PalGovernments   Lesson Plan
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