Middle East
Teacher's Guide

February 2, 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:

Monica - Home is where the Heart-ache is...

Photo essay about Manar, a 15 year old Palestinian refugee, and her visit to her family's old home.

Monica ends her dispatch with "If you do not know where you come from, you cannot know where you are going." Have students make their own photo essay about the town they live in now. Ask them to take pictures of their home, family, church, school, etc. -- a total of five things that mean the most to them in their life right now. Have them bring in and present to class with a 1-2 sentence description listed underneath. Hang them all together on one wall to create a record for your class.

Monica - Suffering in Your Daily Life, the Dheisheh Refugee Camp

The Team reflects on life in the Palestinian refugee camp of Dheisheh. Includes information about refugee camp conditions, education, health, security, UNRWA, Palestinian history, the Ibdaa Cultural Center.

Have the classroom imagine that due to a super military assault, they were forced to remain at school, unable to return home, much like the Dheisheh refugee camp. Have them collect the statistics: how many students/room, teachers/student, restrooms/student, and have the students create a flowchart showing how resources would be allocated and space utilized given the restrictions of being completely isolated from the outside world. Then have them create presentations depicting what life would be like under those conditions for one week. Tensions would certainly rise and frustrations erupt, ask them to conclude their presentations with ways in which they would resolve those conflicts to maintain peace and a sense of community amidst such a stark reality.

Abeja - May Palestine Find Peace
Kid's version available

A farewell to Palestine assessing the current situation of a divided Palestine and the hope for a more peaceful future.

Abeja is torn in her goodbye as she can appreciate both sides of the story. Have class discuss if they favor one view over the other, or like Abeja--understand both. Have them list their reasons why and also look ahead 5 or 10 years from now, and write down what they hope the situation will be like then.

Abeja - It Says Right Here: Israeli Settlers Cite the Bible as Their Source

The Team visits the Arab side of Hebron for a contrasting view of the Jewish settlements. Contains information on Kiryat Arba, Israelis, Palestinians, Omar Sultan, Baruch Goldstein, Baruch Nachshon, Rabbi Levinger, the peace process, West Bank, Gaza Strip, Occupied Territories.

Have students research the concept of "peace process." Where did it originate, how is it defined and are there elements universally agreed upon to be valid? Is there a truly neutral process whereby peace can be established or is it an arbitrary term whose definition and efficacy that varies with one side or another? How can a truly neutral process be established, whereby all involved parties can work cooperatively towards peace? If such a process does not exist, assign the class with the task of writing the book.

Abeja - Interview with a Terrorist?

The Team investigates the terrorist Islamic Resistant Movement called Hamas, which originated in the Gaza Strip. They interview a spokesman for this extremist Palestinian group on such topics as armed struggle, suicide bombings, Jihad, and Zionism.

It's not every day you get to sit down and talk with a terrorist. Based on what the Hamas stand for, ask students if they feel Ishmael was being totally honest with Abeja or not? If they could talk to him themselves, what would they want to know about him and the Hamas and how they operate?

Jasmine - Where's Jazzy?
Kids version available

Jasmine recounts her trip back home over the holidays and her new found appreciation for her family and friends.

Even though it's one month since the holiday season and New Year's Even have passed, have students look back and write a paragraph or two about their celebrations and what they enjoyed most, and what it meant to them.

Team - Meeting the Challenges? The Israeli-Syrian Peace Negotiations

Highlights the newly resumed peace negotiations between Israel and Syria. Includes information on major territory and security disputes, the Golan Heights, the leaders of both countries and U.S. involvement in the negotiation process.

This dispatch maps out the four issues at the heart of the Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations: 1. The border between Israel and Syria after an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights 2. The security of the two countries in the wake of Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights 3. Water resources

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