Palestine & Israel, Twice-Promised Land

Palestine and Israel, Twice-Promised Land – An Exploration Through Film
5 sessions • 12.5 hours

Here is a rare opportunity to examine one of the most important and contentious issues of our time. For more than seven decades, the Palestine-Israel conflict, the “most fundamental fault line” in the Middle East, has stood at the epicenter of political debate in the region — and beyond. The persistent failure to resolve the competing visions of the inhabitants of a land that is sacred to three great religious traditions is a tragedy of the modern age, not only for Arabs and Jews but also, by extension, for peoples and governments around the world. In many ways, the Palestine-Israel conflict has become a lightning rod — a measure by which the efficacy of public policy and respect for international law are measured and evaluated.

Presentations and discussions as well as handouts, guest speakers, and film — including interviews, documentary and dramatic films — explore the context of this conflict, analyze its historic roots, untangle the complex and deeply-held convictions of protagonists on both sides of this issue, examine widely-held misconceptions, analyze the effects of policies that impact the inhabitants of the Holy Land, and consider the role and implications of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East as it relates to this conflict, including the impact of Christian Zionism.

Participation, including the sharing of individual perceptions and insights, will enrich the conversation. Please be advised that while all opinions and points of view are welcome, it is expected that discussions will be characterized by measured discourse and mutual respect.

Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch
Linda Pappas Funsch is a career specialist in modern Middle Eastern history and Islamic studies. With an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, she has studied, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the region. A freelance writer, consultant, and author, Ms. Funsch’s latest book, Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization, was published 2015 and has been translated into Arabic. She has taught at both Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University. She is a frequent speaker at scholarly symposia across the US, including Georgetown University, the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, the World Bank, the National Council on USArab Relations, the National Defense University, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Santa Fe, NM, as well as the World Affairs Councils of Washington, DC, Albuquerque, NM, and Brookings, SD. Ms. Funsch is a frequent leader of small-group “learning on location” study visits to the Middle  East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Oman.

Palestine and Israel, Twice-Promised Land – An Exploration Through Film
ILR378 • 5-Digit Number: 19497
Wednesdays • 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. • 3/4 – 4/1
Sweadner Hall | Lecture Hall
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $109 | Total: $149
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only