The Sessions


SESSION ONE - AN INTRODUCTION

Introducing the session participants, introducing the context of the discussions, and an overview of what's ahead.

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SESSION TWO - THE POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

Who lives in the region, the demographics, the physical geography, the culture, the religions, the social norms, the borders and border crossings.

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SESSION THREE - THE HISTORY OF THE REGION

An overview of the region's history, from biblical time to the present with an emphasis on the many conquests and occupations.

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SESSION FOUR - WORDS MATTER

A discussion of the many words and phrases used to describe the people and places of the regions and their embedded implications and biases.

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SESSION FIVE - ETHNIC IDENTITIES

The focus of this discussion will be on ethnic identity of those who live outside the region today in the Diaspora.

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SESSION SIX - COMMUNITY IMPACT

The discussion will focus on the Gaza community of Izbet Abed Rabbo and that of Netiv HaAsara, an Israeli community very close to the Gaza border.

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SESSION SEVEN - THE LEGACY OF THE HOLOCAUST

A discussion as to how the Nazi Holocaust has affected Israeli history, policy, and public opinion over contemporary history.

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SESSION EIGHT - NATURAL RESOURCES

A discussion of water rights, land use, oil and gas reserves. Who controls these assets and who controls their allocations.

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SESSION NINE - PROTEST MOVEMENTS

The discussion will focus on protest movements both inside Israel/Palestine and internationally that are focused on raising the issues of the conflict.

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SESSION TEN - INTERNATIONAL INVOLVEMENT

The focus of the discussion will be the role of the U.S. along with other countries, European and Middle Eastern, to find resolution to the conflict

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SESSION ELEVEN & TWELVE - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The entire time in the final sessions will be spent discussing the various options for resolving the conflict.

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