Hot Topic: Critiquing Israel
The current debate over whether and how to criticize the State of Israel and its policies is highly charged. Some Israel supporters feel that open dialogue with Israel’s critics can increase understanding of other viewpoints, and, ultimately, lead to a more effective peace process. Other Israel supporters believe that demonization of Israel is not a reasonable perspective and should not be included in the discussion of Israel’s policies. Article, lesson plan and glossary of terms included.
GRADES: 9-10, 50 minutes
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Can and how do we criticize policies of the State of Israel?
LESSON AT A GLANCE: The disagreement between Benjamin Sheridan and Binghamton University’s Hillel over whether to invite a Palestinian activist to speak on campus typifies the current debate over whether and how to criticize the State of Israel and its policies. In this lesson, students consider how they can love Israel and still disagree with some of its policies.
· Students will identify their praises and criticisms of Israel.
· Students will understand that it is not a contradiction to be committed to and critical of Israel.
· Students will create a graphic representation of their feelings about Israel.