Unit: Debate (Forensics): Israel and Palestine

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Unit Description

In this unit, students prepare for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate by researching one of the most controversial and complicated issues in modern history. Students are exposed to popular arguments on "both sides" of this intensely complex issue, to a range of concerns involved in the conflict, and to evidence of there being many different sides, rather than a neat division down the middle. I use my personal expertise on the issue to provide them with cold facts as well as emotional pleas from both populations. For each topic, "X" viewpoints are provided, representing some reasonable, fact-based, middle-of-the-road positions that might help bring students and teachers of different views together when things get complicated. Attached to each lesson are documents, links to books, links to movies, or article references that can be given to students and mined for evidence. These were selected for their clarity and applicability to the suggested arguments, but you may also challenge students by having them conduct their own research and construct their own arguments. Teachers should tailor emotional content, complexity of topics and format of debate for each group of students.

Lessons

How Do We Debate? Resources: 3

Why is debating an important skill? How do people act when they are debating? What do you need to prepare for a debate?

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Palestine and Israel: A Story in Maps Resources: 8

Students gain a basic understanding of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, begin to gather evidence.

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The Lemon Tree: the Conflict through Experiences Resources: 4

Students will gain an understanding of the emotional impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on lay people on both sides Students will understand the role of “security” in interactions between the two peoples Students will learn some historical facts behind the struggle through narratives of experience

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How It Began Resources: 5

Students identify arguments and evidence regarding the beginning of the conflict in Israel-Palestine

534
Early Wars Resources: 3

Students identify arguments and evidence regarding the beginning of the conflict in Israel-Palestine

713
We Live Our Death: the Conflict through Poetry Resources: 5

Students explore emotional attachments in the conflict through poetry from each side

925
Later Wars Resources: 8

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

939
The Refugee Question Resources: 5

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

470
Governments on Each Side: Democratic? Peaceful? Resources: 13

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

675
What does Religion Say? Resources: 10

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

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What About Human Rights? Resources: 32

Students identify arguments and evidence regarding human rights within the conflict in Israel-Palestine

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Preparation and Debate Resources: 7

Students complete research, organize cases, and prepare for the debate

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Unit Resources

Why Orthodox Jews are Opposed to the Zionist State  
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What is the Neturei Karta  
233
Religious Zionist My Jewish Learning  
245
Israel PA Suicide Bombers Commit Crimes Against Humanity Human Rights Watch  
257
Center of the Storm A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District Human Rights Watch  
260
All Demonstrations Banned Human Rights Watch  
264
Second Class Human Rights Watch  
257
Precisely Wrong Human Rights Watch  
253
Israel Investigate White Flag Shootings of Gaza Civilians Human Rights Watch  
282
Gaza Israel Hamas Rocket Attacks on Civilians Unlawful Human Rights Watch  
252
Israel Investigate Unlawful Destruction in Gaza War Human Rights Watch  
249
Israel Human Rights  
292
B Tselem Freedom of Movement Curfew  
260
B Tselem Infringement of the Right to Medical Treatment  
257
B Tselem Restrictions economy  
331
B Tselem Restrictions on movement Alternative roads for Palestinians  
245
B Tselem Freedom of Movement Closure  
253
B Tselem Checkpoints Physical Obstructions and Forbidden Roads  
281
B Tselem Restrictions on movement  
251
Separation Barrier Map Eng  
295
B Tselem The settlements Analysis of the map of the West Bank  
235
B Tselem Settler Violence  
245
B Tselem Encouragement of migration to the settlements  
275
B Tselem Land Expropriation and Settlements Taking Control of the Land  
274
B Tselem Land Expropriation and Settlements in the International Law  
239
Settlements Map Eng  
253
B Tselem Statistics Fatalities  
275
B Tselem Violations of the human rights of Palestinians by Palestinians Severe human rights violations in inter Palestinian clas  
276
B Tselem Attacks on Israeli Civilians by Palestinians Rocket and mortar fire into Israel  
248

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