The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1881-Present Hist 3350
This class will trace the roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict back to late Ottoman Palestine, Istanbul, and Europe. During this period, we will observe how the Palestinian-Israeli conflict developed as a regional conflict as both these nascent movements took form. The class will then move on to the British mandate period, taking into consideration the major impact the Holocaust had on the conflict and how following Israeli independence this conflict transformed into a full-fledged Arab-Israeli conflict. The last section will cover events in Israel and the Palestinian territories once the land was united following the 1967 war. It will address the return of Palestinian local nationalism, the rise of the PLO, and its impact on Israel. Further, it will move on to the First Intifada, the rise of Hamas, the Oslo Accords and its eventual failure. Then it will go beyond the Second Intifada, pondering on new challenges presented during the last two decades.