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Biden warns Israel over plans to invade Rafah

Biden Warns Israel Over Plans to Invade Rafah

February 14, 2024

Biden Warns Israel Over Plans to Invade Rafah

Ask students: What military operation is Israel reported to be planning? Why is President Biden warning Israel about protecting Palestinian civilians in Rafah?

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Teacher's note: This story contains some graphic images. Be sure to review all materials and check in with students as to how they are feeling. Let them know you, school counselors and administrators are there for them and are available to talk.

This week, Israeli troops rescued two hostages from Hamas militants in Rafah in an operation that Palestinian authorities say killed more than 70. Israel is now threatening to assault Rafah, but President Biden warned that the displaced Palestinians there must be protected. Nick Schifrin reports.

View the transcript of the story.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Who was rescued by Israeli forces?
  2. Where is the city of Rafah?
  3. What military operation is Israel reported to be planning?
  4. Why is President Biden warning Israel about protecting Palestinian civilians in Rafah?
  5. How are international leaders responding to the Israel's plan to invade Rafah?

Focus Questions

What strategy do you think President Biden should take to pressure Israel to protect Palestinian lives? What do you think would be the consequences (internationally and in the U.S.) of Israel ignoring Biden's warnings?

Media literacy: Where could you go to learn more about U.S. policy regarding Israel?

Extension Activity

In this story, it is revealed that Egypt has threatened to leave the treaty that has established peace between Egypt and Israel for many decades. What are the so-called Camp David Accords, and what would be the consequence of Egypt leaving them? Read this explainer and discuss as a class.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

PBS NewsHour Classroom

PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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