This course will focus on a detailed overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Emphasis will be placed on events leading to the creation and expansion of Israel, the history of the Israeli government and policy, and the evolution of the Palestinian national independence movement including the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Hamas.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Briefly explain the origins and nature of Zionism, including reasons for its initial unpopularity and the role of the Holocaust in making it a viable movement.
- Describe the British Mandate and its role in creating an on-going conflict in Palestine.
- Identify and explain the reasons for the United Nations partition of Palestine and the ways it reflected a continued anti-Semitism among nations.
- Briefly identify the ways in which both American and Soviet policies toward Israel and her neighbors shifted dramatically during, and because of, the Cold War (including how and why the Suez War was a turning point in this history).
- Define the meaning of rejectionism, unilateralism, and terrorism (conventional, state-sponsored, and state-perpetrated) and how each has posed problems in Israeli-Palestinian relations.
- Identify the reasons for the origins of key national liberation groups both Zionist (Irgun, LEHI) and anti-Zionist (PLO, Hamas).
- Briefly explain the pivotal events of 1967 (Six Day/June War) and 1970 (Black September) and their ongoing implications for current events.
- Describe the Yom Kippur/1973 War, the Camp David Accord, and their pivotal implications (in terms of alliances and available territory) regarding the level of viability for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.
- Succinctly describe the most pressing internal tensions among Israelis: the “What is a Jew?” question and its implications for settlement and foreign policies; and the 1977 Israeli political realignment and its repercussions.
- Explain the reasons for the radicalization of, and internal fighting within, the Palestinian liberation movement evident in the emergence, growth, and election of Hamas, and evident in the two Intifadas.
- Briefly explain the reasons for Labor Party negotiation failures (including why Oslo failed and why Camp David II never got off the ground).
- Briefly describe the central events in the decline of the Labor Party and the creation of Kadima as an alternative to Likud (part of a continued rightward drift in Israeli politics).
- Describe the ways in which American-Iranian tensions (including respective worries over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Israel’s nuclear arsenal) caused the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
- Succinctly describe the quality of daily life for Palestinians under martial law and behind the “security fence,” and for Israelis increasingly worried about terrorist activity.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions: Short Answer Conceptual Questions (Weeks 1-8)
Discussions: Long Answer (Short Essay) Analytical Questions (Weeks 1-8)
Research Paper (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Hroub, Khaled. (2010). Hamas: A Beginner's Guide (2nd edition). Pluto Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-7453-2972-7
- Smith, Charles D. (2017). Palentine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (9th edition). Bedford/ St. Martin's Press. ISBN: 9781319028053
Not available through bookstore
- Dershowitz, Alan (2003). The Case for Israel. Wiley Publishing. ISBN: 047146502X
- Gans, Chaim (2008). Just Zionism: On the Morality of the Jewish State. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 019534068X
- Parry, William. (2011). Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palenstine. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books. ISBN-13: 978-1-56976-704-7
- Said, Edward (1992). The Question of Palestine. Vintage Publishing. ISBN: 0679739882
Readings and Exercises
1-3, 5, 9
4, 5, 7-9
5, 6, 10, 14
5, 10, 12-14
5, 10, 12-14
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