Why has the road to peace in the Middle East been so rocky?

Unit Overview
This unit focuses on the historical concept of Causation. The conflict in the Middle East between Israel and her neighbours represents one of the most violent on-going struggles of modern times. Students are given a balanced view of the tensions in the region through a wide variety of sources and historical interpretations. We begin with the birth of Israel and go on to focus on important events such as the Suez War of 1956, The Six Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. We also look at the role of the UN in peacekeeping and we finish this unit by reflecting upon the current situation in the region and discuss whether future peace will ever be possible.

Most children will be able to make connections between past and present events and be able to give examples of long and short term causes
Some children will not have made so much progress and will be able to identify key issues that divide people
Some children will have progressed further and will be able to examine people/events from alternative perspectives and to provide an historical context to explain why alternative perspectives exist

Language for Learning
Conflict, Arab, Israel, Mandate, Partition, HAMAS, Intifada, Irgun, Extremism, Persecution, Settlement, Yom Kippur, Zionist, United Nations, Refugees, Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

Useful web links:

Timeline for overview


Maps of the Middle East


Classroom Clips




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