Date(s) - Monday, July 4, 2016 - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gershon Baskin will be teaching a course on how to experience the challenge of human diversity where civilizations, religions and cultures convergent the “Coexistence in the Middle East” program at the Hebrew University Jerusalem. Through a series of academic field trips and encounters, these program provide international exchange students and professionals with a unique opportunity to engage with different national, religious, and ideological groups that converge in Israel, a crossroads for humanity.
Coexistence in the Middle East” is an academic field program aimed at students and alumni from all majors who wish to experience the challenge of human diversity in Israel, where civilizations, religions and cultures converge.
This initiative seeks to promote coexistence by providing future leaders with a unique opportunity to interact and gain first-hand contact with different national, religious, and ideological groups that converge in Israel, a crossroads for humanity. The program focuses on five major types of coexistence:
The confluence of Western and Middle-Eastern civilizations
Religious interactions between Christians, Muslims, and Jews
Israel’s international relations with Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East
Palestinian-Israeli relations in the homeland claimed by both sides
Coexistence among individuals based on “universal” values originating in this region
During the course, the conflict will be personalized through first-hand contact and interaction with a wide variety of places, people and senior representatives of different positions, ideas and disciplines, highlighting the human dimension of the conflict. With the insight gained, participants will not only be able understand the differences, but above all, to appreciate the many similarities that all parts share as human beings.
Gershon’s course offers unique insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through exposure to a wide range of narratives, realities, and initiatives in the homeland shared and claimed by both sides. By visiting key sites and engaging with government officials, religious experts, and political and NGO activists, participants will acquire a broader understanding of the conflict, its complexity, and its possible evolution or solutions.
During the course, the conflict will be personalized through first-hand contact and interaction with a wide variety of places, people and senior representatives of different positions, ideas and disciplines, highlighting the human dimension of the conflict. With the insight gained, participants will not only be able understand the differences, but above all, to appreciate the many similarities that all parties share as human beings.
Site Visits and Meetings
Through multiple field trips and encounters, this program offers the opportunity to gain first-hand access to key places and regional actors. Subject to the availability of guest speakers, participants will have the opportunity to meet with:
Arab & Jewish government officials
Israeli and Palestinian NGO activists
Members of the spectrum of political parties
Military staff and civilian population
Academics and professional figures
Field trips and encounters will be finalized at a later date. As a reference only, participants may refer to last year’s itinerary for the Coexistence in the Middle East program.
Course and Study Visits Outline
Introduction: Context and Perspectives
The Israeli and Palestinian Narratives
Core Issues: Borders and Settlements, Jerusalem, Refugees and Security
Realities from the West Bank between Settlers and Palestinians
Diversity, Democracy and Politics
Peace Process and Conflict Resolution
Hamas and Gaza’s Disengagement
Examples of Coexistence
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