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Global Conflict and the Recipe for Resolution


Overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Teacher Led Video Review of Slideshow

The PLACES you'll go...

Located on the border of Israel and Israeli occupied West Bank of Jordan. An ancient city, it is considered the holy city of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian peoples. Learn more...

An ancient land in southwestern Asia located along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  It was divided between Jordan and Israel in 1984.  Also called the Holy Land and a place of pilgrimage for the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian faiths. Learn more...

A modern nation-state created in 1948 and located in the Middle East.  Not to be confused with the ancient biblical lands  of Israel. Learn more...

West Bank 
The land located along the west bank of the Jordan River, formerly in th ehands of Jordan but captured by Israel in during the Six-Day War. Learn more...

Gaza Strip
A small strip of land between Egypt, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea.  Israel captured this area during the Six-Day War and occupied it from 1967 to 1994.  Since that time, Palestinians have exercised self-rule. Learn more...

*the "Learn more" links correspond with leveled reading articles in the Encyclopedia Britannica.  If asked for a password, use your Monona Grove School District library card. Username=first.lastname. Password: your 5-digit student ID number (#####).

or watch the this Brief and Simple History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict that highlights the relatively new nature of this conflict over land (rather than often assumed religious differences).

PBS: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Timeline
Timelines are great tools for gaining understanding into cause and effect.  

Global Conflict Tracker: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Introduce yourself to this awesome resource from the Council on Foreign Relations.  You'll not only learn about the conflict, but you'll be ready to use the resource in completing your work for Weeks 2 and 3.

undefinedKEY TERMS

VIDEO: Teacher Led Vocabulary Slides
Items below highlighted in red are optional key terms to learn.


Islam: a monotheistic religion based on the teachings of Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah.

  • Muslim: a follower of Islam
  • Koran: the sacred text of Islam

Judaism: ancient monotheistic religion of the Hebrew people revealed through the prophets Abraham, Moses, and others.

  • Jew: a follower of Judaism
  • Torah: the sacred texts and law of Judaism.


peace: freedom from war and violence

co-exist: exist in mutual tolerance, despite differences in ideology and customs

antisemitism: hostility or prejudice against Jewish people, regardless of where they live in the world.

reconciliation: re-establish friendship or harmony.

zionism: a worldwide movement that led to the establishment of the state of Israel following centuries of a stateless Jewish people.


refusnik: a person who refused to follow orders or obey the law.  In this instance, applies to those who refuse to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces.

intifada: the Palestinian uprising beginning in 1987 in protests of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Means to literally "shake off" in Arabic.

Hamas: a radical Palestinian organization founded in 1987 in opposition to the moderate policies of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Primarily active in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.



Resolution 242: a pivotal United Nations Security Council resolution adopted in 1967 following the Six-Days war. The resolution calls for the withdrawal of Israel armed forces occupying  territories seized during the Six-Days war. The resolution does not specifically define the terms or date of withdrawal. 

Six-Days (June) War: 1967 conflict between Israel and neighboring Muslim states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Resulted in the capture and occupation of large tracks of Arab territory by the Israelis. 

The Green Line: 
boundries set between Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It also includes those boundries that established the West Bank, Gaza Strip,  Golan  Heights, and Sinai Peninsula after the Six Days War.

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