Title

History, Identity, and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict

Presenter Information

Maggie Krienen

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 301

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Religion, History, Identity

Abstract

Modern media today portrays the conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian people as a religious battle, but it did not start that way. Historical analysis has shown that the conflict started over a battle for land. The history of the Arab-Israeli conflict is extremely valuable to understanding both sides because there are two narratives of history, one from each side, each claiming to be victims of the other. Describing the historical narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict allows the spotlight to be taken off of religion to show how religion is not the cause of this war, but a tool used by both sides. In this project, I will examine the history and culture of both the Jews and the Arabs in Palestine and give a brief analysis of the mindset of both groups, comparing and contrasting their cultural ideologies. Identity also plays an integral part in this conflict. Religion plays a part in this conflict, but it is not the centerpiece. I have also traced the history of the Zionist movement as well as the role Britain has played in the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I will describe both sides of the conflict and show the progression of how a land dispute became a bloody battle in the name of religion.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Geraldine O'Mahony

Department/Program

Individual Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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History, Identity, and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict

SURC 301

Modern media today portrays the conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian people as a religious battle, but it did not start that way. Historical analysis has shown that the conflict started over a battle for land. The history of the Arab-Israeli conflict is extremely valuable to understanding both sides because there are two narratives of history, one from each side, each claiming to be victims of the other. Describing the historical narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict allows the spotlight to be taken off of religion to show how religion is not the cause of this war, but a tool used by both sides. In this project, I will examine the history and culture of both the Jews and the Arabs in Palestine and give a brief analysis of the mindset of both groups, comparing and contrasting their cultural ideologies. Identity also plays an integral part in this conflict. Religion plays a part in this conflict, but it is not the centerpiece. I have also traced the history of the Zionist movement as well as the role Britain has played in the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I will describe both sides of the conflict and show the progression of how a land dispute became a bloody battle in the name of religion.