Middle East
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January 26, 2000 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Kavitha - Kavi Gets MAD With Art

The Team updates us on the struggle of young Israeli artists and their goal of bringing peace to their region through art. They are organizing The Foundation for Art in the Community and Cross Cultural Dialogue to promote global awareness.

Ask your students to create a piece of artwork to contribute to the mosaic. They could do this individually, in small groups, or as a class. Then, submit it!

Kavitha - Pieces for Peace

The Team describes the conflicts and fears that affect Arab Israeli, Jewish Israeli, and Palestinian youth. A project called Pieces for Peace was created to bring these youth together to share visions of peace as they work together to construct a mosaic.

Ask your students to create a piece of artwork to contribute to the mosaic. They could do this individually, in small groups, or as a class. See the Making a Difference dispatch for the address, fax and email to send it to.

Kevin - Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier Part I: The Birth of a Nation

The Team gives a detailed report of the early history of Israel by following one family's experiences through the generations. Includes information about the creation of the Jewish State, the United Nations Partition Plan, kibbutzim, Israeli Defense Force (IDF), the military, mandatory military service, the 6 Days War, the War of Independence, the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, and Moshe Dayan.

As see from this family's experience, the downfalls of war are very personal. Ask your students to disassemble "war." How does war start? Is it really a whole nation of people not liking another whole nation? Has anyone, other than a president or prime minister, ever been able to stop it once it's started? Could a war continue if the civilians who fought in it, refused? Could a group of civilians mobilize to stop a war on the brink of starting, if so how? Ask them a series of such probing questions about war either theoretical or factual and then ask them to disassemble "peace." The objective of this exercise: come up with one single paragraph explaining what I (student) can do to prevent war.

Kevin - Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier Part II: Hard Lessons Learned in the Promised Land

The Team gives a detailed report of the history of Israel by following one family's experiences through the generations. Includes information about Israel from the late 1960s to 1979, and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), the military, mandatory military service, the "War of Attrition" of 1969, the Suez Canal, the Sinai, Golda Meir, the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and the 1979 peace agreement with Egypt.

This story shares the experience of war from one family's very personal perspective. Have students interview parents, grandparents or another relative that served in a war and write up a short story on their experience. Have class share all stories with each other and maybe bind together as a "War Stories" book to remind them each of their own important histories.

Monica - Seeds of Peace
Kid's version available

Good nature persists through Color Games. The Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem fosters lasting relationships.

Simulate a mini-version of the Color Games with your class. Select team members randomly, set a series of tasks to be completed, and see what develops.

Monica - 15 year-old Liat: A Young symbol of the Future

The Team introduces 15 year-old Liat, a young member of the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem who is a living testament to social change in the Middle East.

Since most conflict involves the absence of a neutral place to dialogue and a common ground upon which to begin, have the students design their own Center for Peaceful Coexistence, which incorporate elements which unite youth and creative ways to address those which divide them. This could be an after-school forum on school grounds or if they're ambitious, they could submit a proposal to the city.

Monica - The Other Side: Young Israelis and Palestinians Struggle to Understand Each Other
Kid's version available

The Team visits with Seeds of Peace members, Israeli and Palestinian youth learning to live with each other despite the difficulties. Includes information on Seeds of Peace.

Sometimes it's hard to grasp that people can be so divided politically, but connected geographically. Ask your class a "volatile" political question that's pertinent to your town, city or country. Divide the "Yes" and "No" people and seat them on opposite sides of the room. Then have students explain one-by-one why they answered the way they did. Have them analyze the different points of view as they exist between each group, and the class as a whole.

 
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