The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Socio-historical Approach

Schools of Public Engagement: Grad Programs in Int'l Affairs

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Spring 2024
Taught By: Nahed Habiballah
Section: A

CRN: 15291

Credits: 3

"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the longest protracted conflicts of the modern age. In this course we investigate the different paradigms that have affected and shaped the conflict. The course is divided into two parts; the first part takes a socio-historical approach while the second part focuses on the socio-political manifestations of the conflict.    The starting point of the course begins with the formation of the Israeli and Palestinian national identities, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the rise in colonial aspiration towards Palestine. We examine the implications of British mandate on both communities, the 1948 war which culminated in the Nakba and dispossession of the Palestinian people and the emergence of the Zionist Jewish homeland on the ruins of the Palestinian lived space. We explore the repercussions of the 1967 war on both populations, the two intifadas, the attempts to a resolution to the conflict and where we are now.  In the second part of the course, we dwell on major issues that have hindered the attempts to reach a just resolution to the Palestine Question. On a macro level, we examine international law, UN Resolutions, and their position on the conflict. We also study the roles that the regional and international players have affected the conflict, with a particular attention to the role of the US, the Arab countries and Iran. On a micro level, we examine the Israeli and Palestinian national identities, and the Israeli and Palestinian political movements within and their position towards the conflict. We explore the main attributes of modern Israeli citizenship. We investigate the role of political theology in nation formation and the impact of settlement construction on the conflict. We investigate the ways in which Israeli law was utilized to control the population and understand how spatial planning shaped the everyday experience of both the Israeli and Palestinian populations. Lastly,  we explore the implication of the rise in messianic Jewish settler mentality on the conflict. 

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Grad Programs in Int'l Affairs (GPIA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:46am EDT 7/24/2024