Searching for Empathy in Israel and Gaza
Ask students: What do Israelis and Palestinians disagree about? Do all Israelis agree with each other about the conflict with Palestinians? Do all Palestinians agree with each other?
Finding Common Ground
The roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict trace back centuries. Israelis and Palestinians have cultural, religious, and social differences, but have shared space for a long time. In 1948, Israel became an independent state, creating a refugee population of Palestinians as Israel expanded its borders. Certain areas in Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza, are occupied by Palestinians, while some areas like Jerusalem have both Israelis and Palestinians living among each other. The result has been segregation between the groups within Israel and a lack of empathy for others. Listen to hear the different opinions among Israelis and Palestinians.
Listening Comprehension Questions
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