Palestine/Israel: Advocating for a Just and Lasting Peace with Equal Rights for Palestinians in Accordance with International Law and Wesleyan Tradition
This curriculum was written by the Palestine/Israel Justice Project in response to 2009 Minnesota Annual Conference Resolution #508 that states “The Minnesota Annual Conference will formulate its case for a just and lasting peace with equal rights for Palestinians in the Middle East in keeping with international law and Wesleyan tradition. The curriculum will be distributed to each Episcopal area…”
How to Use this Curriculum
There are 8 Sessions, each 55 minutes in length. These sessions can be used for a Sunday school study, Adult Forum, or weekday evening studies.Ideas for extending the curriculum are given in some lessons. Discussion times can also be lengthened if your time frame allows. Additional resources are listed in the Appendix at the end of the curriculum.
This is a web-based curriculum, which means that much of the information is in the form of links to websites. For this reason, you will need access to a computer, perhaps laptop, and means to project the images onto a screen or TV monitor. You should be able to access the links by simply clicking on the address in the curriculum if you are connected to the internet. If this doesn’t happen, you can highlight and copy the address and then paste it to access the website.
When printing materials, please go to the end of the section and click on printer-friendly version.
Several documents are to be used throughout the sessions. The Kairos document is one of these and you will want to have a copy available for each participant the first session, stressing that these should be saved and used often throughout the course of study.
Occupation 101 is a DVD that can be purchased from various internet websites or downloaded from Google Videos (see Session 4). There are also 2 copies in the UMW Resource Center for you to check out. It is also embedded in the curriculum under Reference Material. If you do not have internet access where you are teaching the class you can download the video to your desktop to show it. This can also be done with the video clips used in sessions 6 and 7.
Also, throughout the curriculum, the instructor will strive to tie scripture, the social principles, and international law together in assessing the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and what can be done to bring about a just solution. The sheets made during the 2nd Session should be posted and added to in subsequent sessions.
You may wish to provide each participant with a 3-ring folder or binder in which to keep class materials. Each session’s materials can be printed on a different color paper and whole punched in advance.
If you run out of time with any of the sessions, you may wish to have the participants read the remaining materials and reflect on them at home.
It is helpful after Session 2 to type up the summaries and pass them out to the class for use in Session 3.
Be aware: There is quite a bit of prep work for Session 7 with the printing of all the readings.When you access the link, you may wish to copy and past the information from the website into a document. The print is larger and easier to read and a lot of the extras on the website are eliminated. Add the following beore copying–Source: Amnesty International for the reading for Session 6, Source:The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions for the first reading in Session 7 and Source: B’Tselem for the rest of the readings.