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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 40.09 Politics of Israel and Palestine

This course explores the century-old conflict as seen from the competing, and changing, narratives of Israelis and Palestinians. We shall begin by looking at the history of Zionism and the response of the Palestinian Arab community to the British mandate. We'll then consider the founding of the state of Israel and the formation of the post-1948 Palestinian national movement. We shall especially focus on the aftermath of the 1967 war, the start of the Israeli occupation, and look at its impact on Israeli institutions, the economy, and political parties; and look correspondingly at the formation and strategies of the Palestine Liberation Organization (then, to the founding of Hamas). We shall look, finally, at contemporary economic developments in light of the global forces operating on the region, and consider the plausibility of a two-state solution as compared with others.



Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:INT or SOC; WCult:NW

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Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.