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MWH: Global Conflicts (Self-Determination: Israel-Palestine)  

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Background Information

Conflicts over self-determination, one group’s right to free itself from domination of another, occurred in many places, including Israel-Palestine.

Following the creation of Israel after World War II, this region experienced several wars for self-determination.  For Israel, the wars were a fight to maintain their political existence against Syria, Egypt, and other Arab nations and resulted in disputed, occupied territories such as the Gaza Strip and West Bank.  The 2006 conflict between Israel and Lebanon underscores the competition for autonomy and political rule in the region. Palestinians, living in Israel, have fought to gain independence and establish their own nation through the efforts of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and more recently, Hamas.


  • interdependence
  • self-determination
  • domination
  • "occupied territories"
  • "Gaza Strip"
  • "West Bank"
  • autonomy

    Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

    How can knowledge of global conflicts help us predict and avoid conflicts in the future?

    What is the primary cause of each conflict?

    • Political Ideology?
    • Self-determination?
    • Limited Resources?
    • National Identity?
    • Religious Differences?
    • Ethnic Differences?

    Who are the people involved? Why are they involved?

    How did the conflict start? Has it ended?

    What has happened as a result of the conflict?


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      • Locate and search appropriate resources
      • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
      • Think of synonyms
      • Use Boolean searching
      • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
      • Be creative (newspaper articles, interviews, political cartoons, and more)

      Some search terms to try:

      • "occupied territories"
      • "Six Day War"
      • "Gaza Strip"
      • "West Bank"
      • 2006 Lebanon
      • Hezbollah
      • "Palestinian Liberation Organization", PLO
      • Hamas
      • conflict, dispute, war,
      • people
      • chronology, start, "major events", timeline
      • impact, result, outcome, consequences
      • economic cost, refugees, casualties
      • strategy
      • statistics, data
      • scope
      • 2000s, 1990s




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