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Can the Teenagers of Israel and Palestine Today Recover From the Violence They Have Faced All Their Lives?. By Sarah Park 6F February 13, 2009. My Opinion.

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Can the Teenagers of Israel and Palestine Today Recover From the Violence They Have Faced All Their Lives?

By Sarah Park6F

February 13, 2009

my opinion
My Opinion

My opinion is that the teenagers of Israel and Palestine can eventually recover from the violence because they don’t have as much hatred built up as the adults do.

  • In Habibi, Liyana and Omer, who is a Jew,

became friends. They didn’t look at what

nationalities they were, but cared only

about who they were.

the israel palestine conflict
The Israel-Palestine Conflict
  • Israel became an independent nation in 1948.
  • Jews in Israel and Arabs in Palestine both want the same land.
  • Palestinians want their own independent nation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with Jerusalem as its capital city.
  • Palestinian militants used violence to protest

Israeli settlements on land assigned to Arabs

by the UN in 1947.

  • Wars and peace talks between the Israelis

and Palestinians have occurred many times

over the years, but with no agreement.

israel security wall
Israel Security Wall
  • To protect themselves from Palestinian terrorism such as suicide bombs, Israel built a wall to separate Israel and Palestine regions.
  • The wall is made out of concrete and several layers of security fences.
  • Israelis are in favor of the wall because it reduces violence against them.
  • Palestinians are against the wall because it prevents them from travelling freely and it decreases the amount of their land.
timeline leading to the current war
Timeline Leading to the Current War
  • Militants called Hamas control Gaza and they refused to recognize Israel as a nation. Israel then refused to recognize the Hamas government and closed the Israel- Gaza border crossing.
  • Jun. 19, 2008: Cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas
  • Dec. 19, 2008: Cease-fire expires and Hamas makes rocket attacks on Israel
  • Dec. 27, 2008: Israel launches massive air assault on Gaza Strip
  • Jan. 4, 2009: Israeli soldiers enter Gaza
  • Jan. 7, 2009: Israeli bomb explodes at a UN school being used for refugees
  • Jan. 18, 2009: Israel declares a cease-fire, but fighting continues
teens involved in the conflict
Teens Involved in the Conflict
  • Palestinian teens take risks and join the fight in the hopes of becoming martyrs.
  • Most young fighters use rocks and slingshots as weapons.
  • In the current war, 37 schools in Gaza have been destroyed by bombs and 18 others are being used as refugee shelters.
  • In Israel, all teens who turn 18 must join the military. Men must serve 3 years and women must serve 2 years.
  • Israeli soldiers stand guard in tension-filled areas, and they sometimes get no sleep or food.
what middle east teens are doing to improve the situation
What Middle East Teens Are Doing to Improve the Situation
  • Teens from Israel and Palestine meet at a summer camp in the U.S. called Seeds of Peace to learn to understand and become friends with each other.
  • They make plans to meet again

when they return to the Middle East

and to help others understand the


  • Israeli and Palestinian teens talk about war and peace and find out that both sides suffer.
  • A program called Kids4Peace involves both Palestinians and Israelis to form friendships.
habibi one person can make a change
Habibi: One person can make a change
  • When Liyana meets a boy named Omer, they decide to become friends. The problem is that Liyana is Palestinian and Omer is Israeli. Even though many people oppose it, they decide that they like each other and want to be friends.
  • Omer invites Liyana to a poetry reading in his town. Liyana is courageous and plans to go because he is her friend.
  • Omer wants to visit Liyana’s relatives’ Palestinian village, even though his mother is against it. He goes and sees how the Palestinians live and he becomes friends with them.
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Habibi:One person can make a change
  • Liyana’s father risks danger to himself and tries to stop the Israeli soldier who shoots Khaled.
  • After Liyana’s father gets out of jail, he makes calls to help others in jail. He thinks it is unfair that he gets out of jail and they don’t.

Thank you for listening to my presentation! I hope you learned a lot about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Also, I hope you learned that the teenagers in the Middle East are working for peace in small ways, even as violence is all around them.