History Textbooks and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research Paper

History Textbooks and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
This paper explores the history textbooks used by Israeli and Palestinian students to determine how they influence the peace process.
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Description:

This paper closely examines the history textbooks used by Israeli and Palestinian students and how they respectively portray history in order to determine if the textbook's portrayal of history influences the peace process. The paper focuses on the Israeli perspective vs. the Palestinian perspective of the Independence War that is presented in an Israeli and a Palestinian history textbook that is used by grade ten students. The paper also relates the contents of an interview with a Palestinian and an Israeli student to determine the emphasis of their history class. The paper therefore provides evidence that textbooks are used in the Israeli and Palestinian education system as political tools to develop a wounded identity and make the reconciliation process difficult and almost unachievable.

Outline:
Abstract
Introduction
Words as Tools of the Wounded Identity
The Significance of Language in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
The Wounded Identity; How it is Created Out of the Ideology of Antagonism
The Independence War Israeli Perspective vs. Palestinian Perspective
Reasons that Lead the Arab troops to Lose the War with Israel
The Refugee Issue
An Interview with a Palestinian and an Israeli student
When Everything Comes Together
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"In the past century the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been one of the most difficult conflicts on the globe. The continuing fight over the right to live safely on the same land drove people to actions that would be defined as madness rather than anything else. Since the beginning of 1991, well-planned processes have been formulated in order to establish peace between these nations. Numerous debates and meetings took place; discussion and planning, the creation of two autonomous states. Over the following nine years, a large percentage of both the Israeli and the Palestinian citizens believed in the successes of the process. Unfortunately, starting in 2000 the situation became the worse. The 21th century brought Hamas to the Palestinian government. This development forecasted an entirely new period in the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians. In history this time is going to be referred to as the Intifada period. In Israel and Palestine many are going to remember it as an era of blood shedding and collective madness."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Lori. "Cultivating Peace in the 21st Century." Cultivating Peace Classroom Connections. 2007. Cultivating Peace. 13 Jan 2008 <http://www.cultivatingpeace.ca/pdfs/CPCCengPDF.pdf>.
  • "Avnery Uri". Reality Must Change First, Schoolbooks and Borders. 2007. CounterPunch. 11 December 2007. <http://counterpunch.com/avnery03262007.html>
  • Fisher, Glen, The Mindsets Factors in Ethical Conflict, Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, Inc., 1998.
  • Green, Paula. "The Role of Identity in Conflict." Lecture. Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Program. School for International Training. Brattleboro, VT, 8 June 2006.
  • "Groiss Arnon". Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks(Executive Summery). May 2004. Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace. 6 December 2007.< http://www.edume.org/docs/reports/PA/PA2005_summary.pdf >

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APA Format

History Textbooks and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2009, November 03) Retrieved November 20, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/research-paper/history-textbooks-and-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict-116964/

MLA Format

"History Textbooks and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" 03 November 2009. Web. 20 November. 2014. <http://www.academon.com/research-paper/history-textbooks-and-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict-116964/>

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