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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)

Jerusalem of Glue: Social media narratives fuel conflict and excite childish ideologues, but they ignore the forces that hold our city together (Tablet Mag)

Check out this recent guide by Matti Friedman, journalist published in the new Sapir Journal and his important piece in the Tablet Magazine.

What do my children understand – and what should I tell them – about the Israeli-Palestinian violence? Sivan Zakai, May 13, 2021 (The Forward)

Sivan Zakai provides some helpful reflections on how to discuss recent events with your children.

Natan Sharansky’s 3D Test of Antisemitism


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’:

BICOM Guide to the Debate: Israel and the Palestinians, Professor Alan Johnson


General Resources on Online Bias and Antisemitism:

Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories about Bias and Injustice (ADL)

Dealing with Online Antisemitism (OSCE ODIHR – Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights)

Don’t Feed the Trolls: A Practical Guide to Dealing With Hate on Social Media

Learning for Justice: Hate Speech Overheard


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