Israel and the Arab World (People at Odds) by Heather Lehr Wagner

By Heather Lehr Wagner

Because the international inches nearer and in the direction of changing into a very worldwide society, it turns into all of the extra very important that every and each citizen comprehend the historic underpinnings of the world's such a lot notorious neighborhood disputes. This sequence explains the roots of such disputes by means of studying the background of the areas concerned, and by means of offering the main matters concerned from each one party's standpoint. each one booklet encourages scholars to place themselves within the sneakers of either events, and probing questions problem scholars to suggest real-life options for settling those divisive occasions. Chronicles the carving up of the center East following the 1st global conflict into what's now the fashionable Arab global, and later the formation of the geographical region of Israel.

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In August of 1956, Yasir and two of his friends traveled to Prague for an international gathering of students. They were traveling as representatives of Palestine, a significant recognition of the territory as separate and independent from any other nations. When they arrived at the meeting, Yasir surprised his friends by pulling out of his suitcase a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress that had been worn by Palestinians fighting against the British and Jewish settlers in the late 1930s. The keffiyeh did startle his friends and they laughed when he first put on the white headcovering.

Events unfolding around him that, at one point, he flirted with the idea of moving to the United States. He went so far as to apply for admission to a university in Texas and spent several months planning for a new life in America. But while he awaited the approval of his visa, he gradually became more aware of, and interested in, the political storm sweeping through Egypt. Whispers of revolution against the weak King Farouk were growing louder; protests against the presence of British troops on Egyptian soil were growing more frequent.

More and more, the conversation focused on the right of Palestinians to defend themselves, rather than to rely on other Arab nations to do the fighting for them. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nasser was focusing his efforts on persuading the British to withdraw from the Suez Canal. As part of the negotiations, he promised to bring an end to the raids on British troops occupying Gaza, and ordered all training centers (including Yasir’s) to be closed. The reaction was swift—many frustrated young commandos decided that the best plan would be to assassinate Nasser, to eliminate any possibility of secret treaties with the hated British.

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