Date(s) - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
This 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
Please note that, due to the dynamic character of the Middle East and our intention to focus on the current issues in the region, the following list of topics may be updated.
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
FacultyDr. Gershon Baskin was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel with “Hamas” for the release of Gilad Schalit. He served as an adviser on the peace process to late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and on a Jerusalem experts committee under former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He was the first civil servant in Israel responsible for Jewish-Arab relations in Israel as the founder and director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence. He is the founding Co-Chairman of IPCRI, the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.
Dr. Baskin holds a PhD in International Affairs from University of Greenwich and is an active member in different Israeli-Palestinian Peace NGOs.