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Our class will begin with the 1949 Arab-Israeli War [calling it the Arab-Israeli War not only creates the image of a two-sided conflict, but is also a deliberate move to erase the Palestinian identity] and the loss of Palestinian village life [genocide and ethnic cleansing] in contemporary Israel [Occupied Palestine]. We will then move thematically to illuminate important historical markers and issues in Palestine and Israel up until the early 2000s. By the end of the quarter, students will be able to develop their own complex evaluations [settler-colonialism should not require “complex evaluations”] of Israeli and Palestinian narratives- and recognize how comparisons through artistic expression can be a powerful tool for honoring a multiplicity of stories. Through critically and thoughtfully analyzing a variety of literature and films, we will develop a nuanced [there is no nuance when discussing the forced expulsion and genocide of the Palestinian people] understanding of a region that has customarily been defined through binaries and by discord [overall, don’t take this class].
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