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Israelis & Palestinians: Conflict, Peace (JEWI20006)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeJEWI20006
Semester 2
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This subject will examine the Israeli-Palestinian narrative through a multi-disciplinary perspective that will explore the political, social, historical and cultural issues central to this long and intense conflict. The subject will provide a clear chronological and textual foundation for examining the conflict’s origins, evolution, ramifications, as well as the quest for peace. Also examined will be Palestinian and Israeli society in the 20th Century with a focus on the rise and development of Palestinian and Israeli nationalism, including intertwined themes of identity, collective memory, trauma and loss-- themes that bind Palestinians and Israelis together. This interdisciplinary subject will assess the causes and effects of the wars in the region, the involvement of external powers, the negotiations and agreements between Israel and the PLO, the impact of the conflict on the lives of the two nations, the issue of settlements within the framework of international law, the phenomenon of terrorism and counter-terrorism and the status of Jerusalem and its holy sites. Evaluating the prospects of resolution, the subject will probe contemporary instances of interfaith dialogue and programs that call for peaceful coexistence. The course will utilise primary and secondary sources, including film and literature.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject will:

  • have a sound and comprehensive grasp of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict from its inception in the 20 th century to contemporary times and be familiar with the the central events and figures in this dispute;
  • examine the root causes and consequences the conflict and analyse the most up-to-date developments in the conflict and the pathways for resolution;
  • understand the origins and evolution of the Zionist movement and Jewish nationalism as well as the emergence of Palestinian nationalism, identity and society;
  • evaluate the influence and impact of external powers in shaping the conflict between the two peoples;
  • understand the various negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, including the Oslo Accords, The Camp David and Taba Peace talks;
  • examine and analyse the two Palestinian Intifadas and the Gaza War;
  • understand the thorny status of Jerusalem and the settlements in the conflict and in the discussions for a final and permanent status treaty;
  • probe reconciliation and interfaith programs between Israelis and Palestinians.

Last updated: 14 August 2019