Centre for Continuing Education

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Course

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In partnership with the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies
Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Jillian Fine on 0410 497 870 or email.

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. Course material is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and to challenge students to appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by all sides in the conflict. The complexity of the conflict forces students to grapple with issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival—all reflected through primary sources, including newspaper articles, poetry, songs, government documents, speeches, photographs and memoirs. The course will provide students with new tools for understanding and critiquing texts and events as the conflict continues to unfold.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the Region – Palestine Pre-1880
  • The Underpinnings of Jewish and Arab Nationalism
  • The Development of Jewish Palestine through WWI
  • Between the Wars
  • WWII and the Aftermath of the Holocaust
  • Moving Towards Zionist Independence
  • Israel’s War of Independence
  • The Suez Canal Crisis and the Sinai Campaign
  • Rise of Palestinian Nationalism
  • The Six-Day War
  • The War of Attrition
  • The Yom Kippur War
  • Peace with Egypt
  • Hoping for Peace, Preparing for Conflict
  • Intifada
  • The Price for Peace
  • From Peace Talk to Peace Talk
  • Shattered Dreams
  • Mounting Tensions
  • Visions for a Lasting Peace


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Certificate of completion