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Summer 2013
History, Politics and Culture of Modern Israel
CIE Educators' Workshop

June 23-28, 2013
Atlanta, GA

A week-long opportunity for educators and educational leaders to deepen their understanding of Israel’s history, politics, economy and culture, while cultivating participants’ skills in classroom application and best practices. After collaborating with experts and peers, and honing their instructional practices, Summer Workshop alumnae are uniquely positioned to foster understanding of the significance of Zionism and the State of Israel in Jewish and world history for generations of students.
  • Apply before February 15, 2013 and receive a special conference price of only $99 ($150 after February 15th)
  • $250 travel stipends are available
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Many important benchmarks in Zionist/Israeli history occurred during the month of November. In particular, extremely critical events in the Jewish quest for and preservation of self-determination took place in 1917, 1947, 1967 and 1977. Depending on your teaching objectives, I have identified a full week’s worth of key source materials you may find useful to guide you in recalling the Jewish state’s modern political origins, development and sustenance. They can be found on the Center for Israel Education’s website at
Operation "Pillar of Defense"  was another critical event in the Zionist/Israel story of seeking to create and preserve a Jewish state.  In this newsletter, you will find some suggestions for teaching about the current situation as it continues to unfold.  If all we use in our teaching of current events are the November dates mentioned above, then we have provided our learners with a rich and critical context. 

Next week, we will begin sending one e-newsletter a month with the first  focussing on infusing Israel into your teaching about Hanukkah. If you have suggestions for future e-newsletters or wish to contribute something, please contact us.
Hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving
Ken Stein
November 2012

For the Educator
CIE Tips for Infusing Israel into Your Teaching
Background to the Recent Conflict for Educators

1. Escalation of Rocket Attacks from Hamas and Gaza – Timeline below since Israel’s full August  2005 Disengagement from Gaza
           Source: The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
          As of 11/18/2012
          For 2012 – 1,597 (768 before 11/14 and the current escalation) rocket attacks from Gaza

2. Increase in Arsenal - Since 2009 Hamas has doubled its rocket arsenal with aid from Iran.  In addition, the sophistication of this weaponry has also increased including the range of the rockets now in Hamas’ arsenal.  These include the Iranian Fajr-5 rocket with a rage of 46.6 miles and the Russian made Kornet, a laser guided anti-tank missile.  Under the leadership of Ahmed Jabri, who was killed by an Israeli drone attack on November 14, 2012, Hamas had transformed itself into a disciplined fighting force with far greater sophistication in its arsenal, with the possibility to attack Israel’s largest cities, and possibly affix chemical weapons to its missiles.

3. Impact of the Arab Spring – The Arab Spring has had two major impacts on the region:
           a. The collapse of multiple Arab regimes has led to a greater availability of weapons on the international arms market which Hamas has used to benefit from in increasing their arsenal – especially after the fall of Gaddafi in Libya  
           b. Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt has given new incentive to other Islamic political parties, including those that prefer the use of violent means to overthrow existing regimes such as King Abdullah II in Jordan, or play a significant role in shaping a post Assad regime in Syria.

4. The impact of Rocket Attacks on the Israeli Population:
Alison Stern Perez is a native of Seattle Washington and a 2000 graduate of Brown University.  She made aliyah to Israel in 2003 and is now married with 2 children living in Beersheva.  On November 16th, she shared what life was like living under the threat of rocket attacks. (Beersheva is between 25 and 30 miles from the Gaza Strip)

"The situation over here is not good -- sirens and rockets falling all the time, all over the south of the country and even a couple already in Tel Aviv. People dead and wounded, the rest of us in various forms of stress and trauma. Not easy to handle alone… close to impossible with young kids.

We are safe in a city outside of the rocket range for now, after having weathered a night of hourly sirens while sleeping on the floor of our safe room. After I had to deal with 3 back-to-back sirens while at a doctor's appointment yesterday morning, we raced to get out of town in between more...and then got caught in one, having to yank the kids out of their car seats, leave our cars open and running, and run back to the house to try to make it back to the safe room in time. Impossible reality

Our daughter wakes up from every sleep reminding me what to do if a siren sounds and asking if we're safe… my son won't go to sleep at all unless he's clinging to my shirt. Our dogs shake during every siren. The trauma is unbearable.

My only concern at this point is caring for the lives and welfare of my kids, and giving them a much-needed respite from the stress and trauma. Feeling very guilty about even considering leaving Israel in her time of need... but hoping that taking care of two of her children so that they can come back and be stronger for her is a reasonable substitute."

Questions for Discussions with Students:
  • Why did Hamas increased its rocket attacks in the second half of 2012? 
  • What regional factors have played a role in this development?
  • What actions, if any, should Israel be taking in order to prevent rocket’s being fired from Gaza and minimize collateral damage on the civilian population there?
  • Was Israel justified in assassinating Ahmed Jabri?
  • What should the role of outside powers, both regionally and globally, be in helping to diffuse the current conflict and maintain the cease fire?
  • As some Arab States that once were absolute autocracies have given way to more popular governance, and as others are still involved in this process of change, both with unknown outcomes, what longer term impacts might we see in the Arab-Israeli conflict, especiaily as the transition may not result in the democracies once contemplated?
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