After years at war, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sought out a change of pace. In January 1993, the Israelis and the Palestinians opened secret negotiations on neutral ground in Oslo, Norway. In September of 1993 the Oslo Accords were signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. What factors led to the Oslo Accords, and how did this agreement change the relationship between Israel and the PLO? Why have subsequent attempts at peace failed, and what are the major obstacles to the resolution of  the Israeli -Palestinian conflict? Thought provoking discussion prompts and engaging activities such as writing journal entries from both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives are featured in this resource.

The learner will:

  1. understand the significance and repercussions of the Oslo Accords

  2. know what was agreed upon in the Oslo Accords and what events took place after the accords were signed

  3. be able to articulate three major takeaways from this lesson that impact the way they understand the complex political realities in Israel

Unpacked for Educators materials include:

  1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

  • review (questions that relate to the video)

  • discussion

  • activities

  • reflection

  • further learning

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

  2. A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.

Student handouts, computer, projector

The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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