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Palestine/Israel: Surmounting Adversity

Location

Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, Palestine/Israel

Program Description

This objective of the course is to examine the current state of the Israeli Palestinian conflict with a particular focus on how groups and communities work to overcome the pervasive adversity that characterizes daily life in this context.

This course will begin with an overview of where things are at related to the peace process and current diplomatic initiatives on the part of the Palestinian leadership to internationalize their quest for statehood. The course will then turn to how various stakeholders, both local and international, have helped, hindered, and/or exacerbated the current stalemate, including the efforts of the Quartet (the European Union, the United Nations, the United States, and Russia), as well as international donors.

Throughout, the course will examine how individuals and groups are working to end Israel’s military occupation and to cope with the conflict and the adversity that pervades their lives. These efforts will address both formal and informal initiatives, supported and opposed by different stakeholders.

*Please note that the objective of this course is not to introduce you to the different perspectives associated with the Israeli Palestinian conflict, but rather to focus on those individuals and groups working to end Israel’s military occupation.

Location Description

Palestine/Israel: Are you curious to learn why this conflict continues to be so present in international media and on the agenda of the international community?

Based in the heart of this contested territory, the course will examine the current state of this protracted conflict. Participants will travel throughout the territory, and divide their accommodations between Jerusalem (5 to 6 nights), Bethlehem (1 week), Ramallah (5 nights), and Nazareth (5 nights).

Director

Manal A. Jamal | jamalma@jmu.edu | Political Science

Accommodations

The group will be staying in guest houses and/or 3 star hotels. Students will be in shared double rooms.

Accommodations are centrally located and easily accessible to public transportation.

The program will cover all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Additional Items to Consider

It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their passports are ready and that they have taken the recommended immunizations. US citizens can receive visas entering the territory. Non-US citizens, however, should work out visa arrangements prior to the departure date.

This courses is intended for INTA and/or POSC majors, and Middle East Communities and Migrations minors. Students who are specifically interested in Israeli/Palestinian politics or Middle East politics more generally will find this course particularly useful. Students who have taken at least one Middle East politics related course, or who are enrolled in the study of Arabic will have the most success in this program.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.7

Some Arabic is recommended, but not mandatory.

Junior or Senior standing though Sophomores will be considered

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Faculty Letter of Recommendation
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

POSC 371: Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Palestine/Israel: Surmounting Adversity (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost

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