Teaching Palestine on an Israeli University Campus

Teaching Palestine on an Israeli University Campus

Unsettling Denial

By Daphna Golan-Agnon

The word “occupation” is not heard in classrooms on the Hebrew University campus, at the heart of Palestinian East Jerusalem. The “war outside” is not spoken of. Israeli and Palestinian students unsettle this denial for the first time in a practice-led course on human rights in the reality around them.

PDF, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781785275029

October 2020

£25.00, $40.00

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ISBN:9781785275036

October 2020

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  • About This Book
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  • Table of Contents
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About This Book

The word “occupation” is not heard in classrooms on the Hebrew University campus, at the heart of Palestinian East Jerusalem. The “war outside” is not spoken of. Israeli and Palestinian students unsettle this denial for the first time in a practice-led course on human rights in the reality around them. 

Readers join the students for a walking tour of the Palestinian neighborhoods surrounding the Mt. Scopus campus to explore the complex relations between education, civil engagement, and the occupation. A short walk from the campus of the best university in Israel and one that is outstanding by global standards takes us to the neighboring village of Issawiyye. Here readers learn with the students about the poor education in East Jerusalem, where most youth have no access to higher education. The tour continues to Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood bordering the campus, where, after four decades of legal procedures, the Israeli courts authorized the police to evict Palestinian families from their homes so that Jewish settlers could occupy them. The tour then takes the students and readers to the abandoned village of Lifta. Here, in the magnificent historical village, Israeli and Palestinian students debate the 1948 Nakba and their own denial.

Back into the classroom on campus, when the past and present are discussed and the pain of others is acknowledged, Palestinian and Israeli students who engage with one another for the first time can share hope.

Reviews

An outstanding and valiant teacher “Daphna Golan does the extraordinary thing in this book of revealing the officially sanctioned states of denial that shield the students at her University from looking around them.
This excellent book will open your mind to the multitudinous levels of denial prevalent in Israeli society and how one courageous professor attempted to challenge them and open the minds of her students to the many lies that shield them from the reality surrounding them.” — Raja Shehadeh is a writer and lawyer his latest book is Going Home A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation.

Author Information

Daphna Golan teaches human rights at the Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the director of the Minerva Human Rights Fellowship Program.

Series

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1, The Mount Scopus Campus; Chapter 2, Issawiyye: Students Who Are Palestinian Citizens of Israel Encounter Palestinian Youth Living Under the Occupation; Chapter 3, Sheikh Jarrah: Queer Theory and the Nature of the Law, Chapter 4, Lifta: Site for Reconciliation; Chapter 5, Students Working for Change: Campus-Community Partnerships; Chapter 6, This Is Not “Co-Hummus”; Index.

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