This lesson will introduce students to the land and people of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. You may wish to start with a discussion of the 2 maps included in the student guide.
Learning Intention: I am learning facts about Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
Success Criteria: I can use my critical skills in separating fact from opinion, thereby gaining a clearer understanding of the background to the conflict.
Preparation: Provide access to a map of the world.
Information cards are provided, you may distribute as a set for each group or position the cards around the room for students to do a fact-finding mission.
Activities 1 and 2
Complete activities using information provided on cards.
Facts about Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory Answer Sheet
- Find Israel on a map of the world.
- Find the occupied Palestinian territory on a map of the world. (Hint: the occupied Palestinian territory is likely to be marked Gaza and West Bank).
- Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory are on the continent of Asia.
- Both countries are bordered by the Mediterranean Sea.
- Oranges, olives, fresh herbs and avocados are grown in Israel and Palestine.
- Israel was first recognised by the UN in 1948. Palestine was first recognised by the UN in 2013.
- Palestinians have lived on the land for thousands of years. There has been a Jewish presence in Palestine for thousands of years.
- 75 % of the Israeli population are of the Jewish religion.
- 92 % of people living in the occupied Palestinian territory are of the Muslim religion.
- Israelis usually speak Hebrew. Palestinians usually speak Arabic.
- Around 5 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the UN.