Israel-Palestinian debate


Israeli/Palestinian debate

You will be given one side of the argument regarding the Israeli/Palestinian debate to research and defend. Regardless of which side of the argument you are assigned you will need to understand the argument from both sides. You can not rely on one idea to support your argument. You need to be able to defend your argument using several points and facts. This should not be an emotional argument but a rational argument. The class will be divided into two sides and the debate will take place in class. This will not necessarily be in the formal debate style, but more along the lines of a roundtable discussion. Each side will be asked questions and will be able to ask questions of the other side. Each side will choose a spokesperson to act as the leader of the group. This person must be eloquent and well versed in the topic. That leader will speak for the group when a group consensus is needed. The spokesperson will also delegate to the group specific issues to research and later negotiation. The entire group will be counting on the work of individuals, so it is imperative that you do your part. You must be prepared for this. Your grade will be based on your ability to articulate you argument based on the research that you have and from class discussions. Anyone who is not prepared will receive a failing grade. When the debate is finished, representatives from both sides will be broken into groups to discuss the various issues of the debate. The groups will negotiate the issues and work to come up with a solution to the entire issue.

The various issues to be researched and later negotiated will include:


  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Israeli settlements
  • Security wall
  • Terrorism
  • Hamas role in government and dealing with violence
  • Jerusalem
  • Refugees
  • Water


The debate will take place on Tuesday, March 29. Negotiations will take place on Thursday, March 31. When the negotiations have ended, the sides will present a draft of an agreement with a solution to the problems. You may begin informal negotiations before the formal negotiations on March 31. You may also continue negotiations outside of class after the formal negotiating date, but your draft will be due on Monday, April 4, no matter what. The entire class will receive a project grade based on the feasibility of the solution. In other words, this needs to be a solution that can work; therefore “nuke 'em” is not a very likely option. Everyone will also be required to write a short reflection on how the negotiations went, what worked, what could have been better, etc. You will also be given a grade on the preparation that was done prior to the debate and negotiations.


Important Dates         

Debate                         -           Thursday, March 29

Negotiations                -           Thursday, March 31

Draft of Agreement    -           Monday, April 4

Paper on Negotiations -           Friday, April 8