Middle East
Teacher's Guide
 

January 29, 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:

Abeja - Journeys Into the Prison-Like World of Gaza City
Kid's version available

In this episode, a description of a day in the life of Gaza City is given, accompanied by a brief account of the culture and politics embedded within this city. It includes information on the employment rate and the Intifada movement.

The Gaza Strip is a poor region populated almost entirely by refugees. Make sure your students understand what it means to be a refugee, a person without a country. Do you or your students know of any former refugees in your home town. What is their story?

Kevin - The Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier Part III - The War of Uncertainty

Part three of the war saga follows Eyal Cohen into vicious battle within Lebanon. Eyal is horrified by the brutality of war he experiences in Tyre, Sidon, and Beirut, and suffers deep mental despair on his return home.

Through firsthand accounts, these dispatches (parts 3 and 4 of "Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier") bring home the personal loss and horror so often caused by war, with casualties both physical and psychological. Any country or person that has participated in war has suffered this kind of trauma. You could use this dispatch as a jumping off point for discussing the negative affects of war closer to home. Do you or your students know anyone with firsthand experience of war, perhaps an older friend or relative? What were their experiences?

Kevin - Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier Part IV - Days of Reckoning

The story of an Israeli family, as three generations of men deal with the realities of war. Includes information on conscientious objectors, military service, "shell shock," Israel, Palestinians, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), Lebanon, refugee camps, the Intifada, the Occupied Territories, the draft, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and terrorists.

Through firsthand accounts, these dispatches (parts 3 and 4 of "Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier") bring home the personal loss and horror so often caused by war, with casualties both physical and psychological. Any country or person that has participated in war has suffered this kind of trauma. You could use this dispatch as a jumping off point for discussing the negative affects of war closer to home. Do you or your students know anyone with firsthand experience of war, perhaps an older friend or relative? What were their experiences?

Team - The Politics of Thirst

The Team explores the complicated problem of water access between Israel and Palestine. They look at creative ways to increase water in a dry area, and delve into the politics of water in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In the developed world it is easy to take water for granted. Just turn on the tap and out it comes. But in these days of swelling urban populations, water is becoming scarce, even in areas tha get plenty of rainfall. So, where does the water come from and where does it go? The answer to these questions is almost always controversial, not just between countries but between regions within countries. Farmers need water for their crops, but cities need water for their populations. Discuss with your students questions of water supply and water shortage in your area.

 
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