Resources specifically on teaching / learning about Palestine and Israel

Balfour Project  Acknowledging Britain’s historic and continuing responsibilities to uphold equal rights for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples through popular education and advocacy. Resources include films, videos, book reviews, articles, historical and current analysis, webinar and conference recordings, and links to further resources.

CAABU: Council for Arab British Understanding Worksheets and lesson plans providing a full range of activities around the main issues of the Israel Palestine Conflict. 

Global Learning London: Teaching About Palestine & Israel Through the Lens of Human Rights – June 2021 GLL is part of the Consortium of Development Education Centres, which bring together organisations that support and deliver global learning in schools and communities across England.

“With urgent calls to address racial and ethnic disparities across the globe, brought about most recently by the Black Lives Matter movement, schools have rightly been seeking to ‘decolonize the curriculum’, becoming mindful of the importance of teaching about historic power and privilege across the globe… The on-going crisis in Palestine and Israel remains firmly implanted in our imaginations…. This resource supports teachers to hold critical conversations … by sharing new and existing activities and resources, basing the teaching around human rights and evidence, and using a global citizenship education approach…, when a topic is divisive we advise keeping the conversation rooted in values of justice, fairness and rights…..”

National Education Union (NEU) “Advice from the National Education Union Conflict in the Middle East: Issues for Schools” aims to support members to deal with reactions of pupils and wider community to the conflict in the Middle East in May 2021.

Palestine Poster Project Archives (USA)  Digital archive of posters by and about Palestine, including historical maps and posters mainly from the 20thand 21stcenturies, but dating back to 1500. “This library and teaching resource allows educators, students, scholars … to incorporate Palestine posters into classroom learning activities”.

Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) PASSIA is a Jerusalem-based Palestinian organization that produces maps, booklets, and research reports on Palestine that can be downloaded from the website. An important resource for up-to-date facts and maps. 

Parallel Histories  Offers a new way to study the history of conflict. The syllabus takes students from the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through to the present day.

  • Free training workshops to talk through how to best implement schemes of work on controversial historical topics: 
  • Free online workshops at which students debate controversial historical topics. Emphasis on improving confidence, developing speaking and critical thinking skills, and connecting students from UK and beyond
  • History of the Israel-Palestine conflict course: a multi-week bridging topic to GCSE, or after. Diversifies the curriculum at KS3. Uses a three-step teaching method: learning dual narratives, evaluating source evidence, and debating: 
  • Interactive videos covering the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, told from both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives.

Solutions not Sides (SNS)  Aims to tackle Antisemitism, Islamophobia and polarisation around the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK. Formulated with the input of Israelis and Palestinians and senior members of Jewish and Muslim communities. Designed to prepare students to make a positive, solutions-focused contribution to debates on Israel-Palestine. “We use critical thinking tools and open & safe-space discussion with the aim of shifting attitudes away from supporting one side against the other, and towards seeking a solution for the human beings involved.”

TeachMidEast | The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Collection of background information, articles, lesson plans and teaching materials, youtube videos, films, documentaries, filmed debates, podcasts, fiction and non-fiction books. A selection of “moderate and balanced resources with perspectives from both sides….” We hope the resources we’ve curated here spark meaningful discussion, and help your students grow into more thoughtful and well-informed global citizens.”

Teach Palestine (USA) “A resource by and for K-12 teachers and teacher educators focused on bringing Palestine into our classrooms and schools…. there are many bars to teaching about Palestine: There is a serious lack of curriculum and age-appropriate information for students of different ages. Many of us feel we aren’t knowledgeable enough to take on such a controversial topic…. We hope the units, lessons, resources, and background materials here will inspire you to either begin or expand your curriculum on Palestine.”

Visualising Palestine  Data-driven tools to advance a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue. VP researchers, designers, technologists, and communications specialists work in partnership with civil society actors to promote justice and equality. The Palestinian Journeys section houses an interactive timeline of Palestinian history and a wealth of stories about Palestinian culture, history and current reality.

The Balfour Project is providing links to this eclectic list of learning and teaching resources as a free service, but neither the list, nor any individual resource on the list, is a legal interpretation or a statement of Balfour Project policy. Reference to any specific resource or materials does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the Balfour Project.