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The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (SPCR205/48499)

The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (SPCR205/48499)

Course: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (SPCR205/48499)
Teaching Faculty: Dr. Menachem Merhavi

Language of Instruction: English
Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3  

Course Dates: July 3-27, 2017 

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students; mature learners with an academic background 

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
Tuition: US$ 1,600 | Housing: US$ 775 

Relevant Academic Fields: History, politics, international relations, conflict resolution 



  • Develop an understanding of the complexity of the Arab-Israeli conflict.  
  • Understand the role of the conflict in relations between Arab nations and among various actors within the Palestinian national movement.  
  • Explore conflicting views via in-class student presentations and historical “trials.” 
  • Visit important sites that will deepen your understanding of the conflict.  




This course examines pivotal events in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the early twentieth century to the present. During this course, you will gain a better understanding of the complexity of this conflict as well as the influence it exerts on geopolitical dynamics and relationships in the region.



We will explore how the conflict between Arab states, the Palestinians, and the Zionist movement developed and evolved through analysis of key players, significant events, wars, and peace treaties among the parties. 



This course meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, three hours per day.  


Course Components  

  • field trips to historically relevant sites and battlefields in Jerusalem and nearby 
  • weekly reading assignments, classroom discussions, and a formal presentation of an analytical paper  
  • mid-term essay and final research paper  
  • student-staged panels to present conflicting views on the events studied 


Check the syllabus.



You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City, to a trip to the Dead Sea, to checking out the local festivals, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.  


While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.




Apply by: May 15, 2017 

Arrive on Campus: July 3, 2017 

Program Length: Four weeks 



Course: US$ 1,600
US$ 775


Learn more about fees, cost of living, and paying for the program.


A limited number of scholarships, based on demonstrated need or merit, are available.



This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to mature learners with an academic background. You must be currently registered at or have been accepted to a recognized college or university or have successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited institution of higher education. English-language fluency is also required.  




We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. See our application guidelines.


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Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017




We’re happy to answer any questions you might have – or to chat for a bit to help you choose the right course or program.  



Call Us: +972 (2) 5882602 

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