Working Paper No.1, the first in a new series by the Moshe Dayan Center, was written by Dr. Chelsi Mueller and Prof. Uzi Rabi. It critically examines the textbooks commonly used to teach about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in university classrooms.
Until now, there has been no attempt to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of textbooks that are used to teach about the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflict in colleges and universities. With that in mind, we designed and carried out a project to identify the textbooks that are most commonly used to teach about the Arab-Israeli or Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We identified some of the most popular textbooks on the conflict, developed a set of criteria to assess the quality of historical narratives in textbooks, analyzed a set of seven textbooks according to the criteria and formulated recommendations for their use in the classroom.
Working Paper No.1 critically examines the textbooks commonly used to teach about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in university classrooms.