Talking about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The current situation in Israel is complex and there are many narratives, viewpoints and resources filling our news and social media channels. Many of us may be feeling a range of different, and at times contradictory, emotions as we consume and process everything that we’re seeing and hearing. This section offers a range of articles and guides on some possible ways to talk about what is going on in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
10 Ways to Discuss the Current Situation in Israel With Your Students (Unpacked.Education)
For all teachers, educators, and youth workers we highly recommend this resource. It provides some excellent tips and guidance on how to discuss the current situation in Israel, with nuance, empathy and understanding.
Learning Resources and Teacher Handbook (Solutions not Sides)
These free resources have been developed in-house by the SNS team to offer teachers & their students resource materials that can be used in class or by students learning remotely. They are themed and are designed to be interactive, with multimedia elements, questions, time for reflection, and scope for further reading & learning. These resources, in particular the Teacher Handbook is particularly recommended by the UJIA education team.
Welcome to the Israeli Rollercoaster (Hartman Institute) (Podcast with Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain)
This podcast is highly recommended for parents, educators and youth workers as an excellent example of how to engage with the multiplicity of conflicting emotions we might be feeling right now. It provides some useful frameworks for addressing what is taking place.
Matti Friedman, Eight Tips for Reading About Israel (Sapir Journal)
Check out this recent guide by Matti Friedman, journalist published in the new Sapir Journal and his important piece in the Tablet Magazine.
Sivan Zakai provides some helpful reflections on how to discuss recent events with your children.
How to tell when criticism of Israel is actually anti-Semitism: calling out human rights violations shouldn’t stray into bias against Jews. (Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Washington Post)
On Social Media:
Israel-Palestine: Avoiding Antisemitic and Islamophobic Hate Speech (Solutions not Sides)
The above is a really helpful resource from Solutions Not Sides (a UK-based organisation): “Talking about what’s happening in #IsraelPalestine is vital, now and always. But we have to do it without falling back on Antisemitic and Islamophobic tropes and speech. Our 10-point guide to speaking with empathy and kindness”:
Professor Alan Johnson provides an in-depth look at the guide to the debate on ‘Israel and the Palestinians’:
General Resources on Online Bias and Antisemitism:
Dealing with Online Antisemitism (OSCE ODIHR – Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)