Two countries, two religions, two histories
and two perspectives complicate the most
controversial crisis in modern time, the
Israel-Palestine conflict. By navigating
through some of the most pressing issues --
the status of Jerusalem, the refugee problem,
Israeli settlements, socioeconomic differences
etc. -- Amanda Roraback clarifies some of the
deep-rooted causes of the conflict.
In her presentation, Amanda
Roraback examines issues from her book, “Israel/Palestine
in a Nutshell” and relates them to
contemporary events in the Middle East. By
the end of the talk, audiences will have a
well-rounded understanding of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and be able to
form equally informed arguments on both sides
of the controversy. A question/answer session
will follow the presentation.
Refugees: More than 1 million
Palestinians currently live in refugee
camps. How would the repatriation of these
Palestinians affect Israel?
differences: On average, Israelis earn
about $19,000 a year. In contrast,
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank
earn less than $800 a year.
differences and similarities: According
to Islam - Jews, Christians and Muslims
(“People of the Book”) are all descended
from Abraham and have equal claims to the
land that became Israel.
Palestinian militant organization, Hamas, is
also the largest charitable group in the
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is holy to
both the Jews and Muslims.
Israelis say the wall is needed for
security. The Palestinians claim it is
simply a political instrument to take