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Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (SPME209/48779)


Study Abroad Program in Israel Summer 2017 "Coexistence in the Middle East"


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Program Director: Mr. Javier Gelbwaser

Course Instructor: Dr. Gershon Baskin


July 3 - 27, 2017

Registration & Dorm Check In: July 3, 2017

Final Day for Dorm Check Out: July 27, 2017

Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3

Tuition: $1650 | Housing: $775

Class schedule: TBD


Please note, this course can be taken as a single course or as a component of the 9 credit program Coexistence in the Middle East.


This course offers unique insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through exposure to a wide range of narratives, realities, and initiatives in the homeland shared and claimed by both sides. By visiting key sites and engaging with government officials, religious experts, and political and NGO activists, participants will acquire a broader understanding of the conflict, its complexity, and its possible evolution or solutions.


During the course, the conflict will be personalized through first-hand contact and interaction with a wide variety of places, people and senior representatives of different positions, ideas and disciplines, highlighting the human dimension of the conflict. With the insight gained, participants will not only be able understand the differences, but above all, to appreciate the many similarities that all parties share as human beings.



Site Visits and Meetings


Through multiple field trips and encounters, this program offers the opportunity to gain first-hand access to key places and regional actors. Subject to the availability of guest speakers, participants will have the opportunity to meet with:

  • Arab & Jewish government officials
  • Israeli and Palestinian NGO activists
  • Members of the spectrum of political parties
  • Military staff and civilian population
  • Academics and professional figures

Field trips and encounters will be finalized at a later date. As a reference only, participants may refer to last year's itinerary for the Coexistence in the Middle East program.



Course and Study Visits Outline


Please note that, due to the dynamic character of the Middle East and our intention to focus on the current issues in the region, the following list of topics may be updated.

  • Introduction: Context and Perspectives
  • The Israeli and Palestinian Narratives
  • Core Issues: Borders and Settlements, Jerusalem, Refugees and Security
  • Realities from the West Bank between Settlers and Palestinians
  • Diversity, Democracy and Politics
  • Peace Process and Conflict Resolution
  • Hamas and Gaza’s Disengagement
  • Examples of Coexistence





Dr. Gershon Baskin was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel with "Hamas" for the release of Gilad Schalit. He served as an adviser on the peace process to late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and on a Jerusalem experts committee under former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He was the first civil servant in Israel responsible for Jewish-Arab relations in Israel as the founder and director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence. He is the founding Co-Chairman of IPCRI, the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.


Dr. Baskin holds a PhD in International Affairs from University of Greenwich and is an active member in different Israeli-Palestinian Peace NGOs.


Application Information


Please note that it is recommended to take part in both courses of the Coexistence in the Middle East Program: "Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East" and "Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict." These courses are designed to complement each other and together they offer a more complete and valuable experience.


To enroll in the Coexistence in the Middle East Program (two courses) please select both courses from the list of "Summer Courses" in the online application.


Please note:

  • The number of participants in this course is limited.
  • Priority will be given to applicants to both courses.
  • When registering for more than one course, participants will be offered a 10% discount off of the total tuition fee.   

For an overview of which courses can be combined, please take a look at the Summer Courses 2016 Time Table. 


Applicants currently enrolled in or who have completed an MA program are able to earn graduate credits for their participation in a summer course. More information on earning graduate credits is available on our website.

Take a look at our Online Application Instruction Video and the  Overview of the Application Guidelines with useful information on how to complete and submit your online application.


To apply for this program, please click on the following button:

   Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017

Further Information

To receive updates on this program or information relevant to your campus or location please fill out the following online form.

For further academic information, visit the Study Abroad Summer Program Coexistence in the Middle East website or send an Email.

For further application information, contact the Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.



Promotional Films


To get an impression of the Coexistence in the Middle East program, please take a look at the following films:


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