Middle East
Teacher's Guide

January 22, 2000 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Kevin - Surveying Peace from the Heights of the Golan: Israeli Youth Speak their Minds

Kevin talks to young people in Israel, some demonstrating against the government and some rallying for peace, as Israel and Syria engage in peace talks.

Living in a peaceful environment is not an option for everyone as we learn in this dispatch. Have students list the top five reasons why they value the peace they have (i.e. no threat of attack, no bodyguards, no carrying of arms, etc.)

Kavitha - History Repeating: How Soon They Forgot

Kavitha references the massacre at Deir Yassin and asks, "What have we really learned?" Includes information on Givat Shaul, Deir Yassin massacre, the memorial of Yad Vashem, Israel, Palestine, Jews and Palestinians.

Ask students the question "What have we really learned?" as Kavitha does. Discuss with them some of the major world conflicts she mentions, why they happened and the awful consequences. Have them write one paragraph on what they wish civilization had learned from even one of these brutal conflicts - so as to avoid more in the future!

Abeja - Descent to the Land of the Dead!
Kid's version available

Abeja visits the Dead Sea and gives information on the surrounding geological features, the Sea's high saline content, the minerals that are present, and the lack of life in the lake. She floats on the lake, and visits a resort where she covers herself in mud, and soaks in the sulfur baths.

The Dead Sea is a fascinating creation and it would be good to give kids more of a detailed background of how it came to be and why so many people visit it.

Monica - Caught in the Middle: The Situation for the Druze
Kid's version available

Monica shares a minibus ride with two Druze teenagers, learning about their history, culture and a political situation that straddles the Arab-Israeli fault lines. Information on the Druze, Seeds of Peace, Druze religion.

Have students consider if they could create their own "Seeds of Peace"-type organization designed to explain and minimize conflict that exists in their own community. What would they name it and why? Who would it benefit? What would they hope to accomplish. How do see themselves participating? To take it a step further, actually have students go out and help a group or organization that needs it!

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