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Teaching Israel at 60: On the Frontline


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This session (part 3 of 3) provides innovative and fun school programming ideas for Israel education. The session looks at ideas to help students understand why and how Israel has been on the frontline of, not just war, but inventions and discoveries, and why Israel remains important to people around the globe.

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Teaching Israel at 60: On the Frontline

  1. 1. The Lookstein Center –
  2. 2. Teaching “Israel at 60” 60 Year on the Frontline The Lookstein Center –
  3. 3. In the army.. <ul><li>Aim: For students to understand what Israelis do in the army. </li></ul><ul><li>Students must go through ‘basic training’. </li></ul><ul><li>Run activity outside or in Gym. </li></ul><ul><li>Students prepare activity and what ‘soldiers’ must learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Physical tests: assault course, exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Mental and Moral tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Can get points individually or as a Unit / team. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  4. 4. Purity of Arms <ul><li>Aim: To understand how the Israeli army holds a moral code (‘tohar haneshek’) as a high value of army service and to appreciate the challenges this poses. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask students to write down an army’s ‘ten commandments’ </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the IDF’s purity of arms doctrine </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them to write a comparative chart </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the differences </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them to create a one paragraph case study when this code might be challenged and ask the class what they would do </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>&quot;Purity of Arms&quot; (Morality in Warfare) - The soldier shall make use of his weaponry and power only for the fulfillment of the mission and solely to the extent required; he will maintain his humanity even in combat. The soldier shall not employ his weaponry and power in order to harm non-combatants or prisoners of war, and shall do all he can to avoid harming their lives, body, honor and property. </li></ul></ul>The Lookstein Center – Text of “Purity of Arms”
  6. 6. <ul><li>Critics sometimes cite the story of the Convoy of 35 . In this incident, a group of Jewish fighters reputedly chose not kill an elderly Arab shepherd who subsequently informed his fellow villagers, which led to the killing of the Jewish fighters. This illustrates the dilemmas that can arise in combat and other confrontation situations, in which several of the values within the Spirit of the IDF code are concomitantly evoked, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Life - &quot;The IDF servicemen and women will act in a judicious and safe manner in all they do, out of recognition of the supreme value of human life. During combat they will endanger themselves and their comrades only to the extent required to carry out their mission.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comradeship - &quot;The IDF servicemen and women will act out of fraternity and devotion to their comrades, and will always go to their assistance when they need their help or depend on them, despite any danger or difficulty, even to the point of risking their lives.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dealing with such dilemmas requires a coherent response on the part of officer and soldier alike. </li></ul></ul>Tactical and ethical dilemmas
  7. 7. Your Country Needs You! <ul><li>Aim: To understand the value of national service and that it is compulsory </li></ul><ul><li>Ask students to create an Army recruitment poster to inspire people to join the army </li></ul><ul><li>Cut out and distribute statements about the army – they need to sort them into ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ </li></ul><ul><li>Students should take a character and write ways it would change their life to know that army service is compulsory – they can write from the point of view of a child/mother/brother/sister etc. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  8. 8. Getting Ready for Tzahal <ul><li>Aim: For students to empathize with their Israeli peers who will need to join the army. </li></ul><ul><li>Class should create an Army aptitude test </li></ul><ul><li>They can take each others tests and score them </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher is the Ramatkal and turns scores into army placings. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask students what each unit might be looking for and where they would want to serve if they were in an army. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  9. 9. War and Peace <ul><li>Aim: To understand how wars and peace efforts have factored into Israel’s history. </li></ul><ul><li>Give prompt cards with key points about Israel’s wars and peace efforts to the students, who should be in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Students need to decide: Why it happened, When did it happen, Which other countries were involved, What did world countries do/think, Who was PM, What was the outcome. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group needs to present the key points about that war to the class </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: What needs to be done for there to be peace? </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  10. 10. A Day in the Life of A Soldier <ul><li>Aim: To empathize with those serving in the IDF. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at examples of where soldiers might serve: air force, tanks, infantry, border guards, navy, national service </li></ul><ul><li>Students should create an hour-by-hour day diary entry pretending they are in a role in Tzahal. </li></ul><ul><li>After they read this to each other, look at Yoni Netanyahu’s diary entries. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  11. 11. Pioneers Since 1948 <ul><li>Aim: To look at and understand more about the idea of a Kibbutz. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain to the class the idea of a ‘utopia’ </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them to pretend they are ‘halutzim’ </li></ul><ul><li>Students should draw their plans for a new community </li></ul><ul><li>Must include action plan for how to create this community </li></ul><ul><li>Need to create community rules. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss idea of Kibbutz: is it fair? How are people looked after? What are the positives? Would they like to live on one? </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  12. 12. 60 Years of Discovery <ul><li>Aim: To understand that many recent technological achievements have been connected to or created by Israelis </li></ul><ul><li>Show class logos and ask them to tell you what they are for </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss that all these products are Israeli </li></ul><ul><li>Groups of students take one item and create a promotion for it, must feature its Israeli roots </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: Why has Israel been successful? Is entrepreneurship a Jewish trait? Look at Nobel prize winners etc. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  13. 13. 60 Years of Discovery <ul><li>An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralyzed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood. This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent. </li></ul><ul><li>  A new research center in Israel hopes to throw light on brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. </li></ul><ul><li>The Joseph Sangol Neuroscience Center in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer Hospital, aims to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research. </li></ul><ul><li>A  researcher at Israel's Ben Gurion University has succeeded in creating human monoclonal antibodies which can neutralize the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects </li></ul><ul><li>of the  existing vaccine. </li></ul><ul><li>Two Israelis received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doctors Ciechanover and Hershko's research and discovery of one of the human cells most important cyclical processes will lead the way to </li></ul><ul><li>DNA repair, control of newly produced proteins, and immune defense systems. </li></ul><ul><li>The Movement Disorder Surgery program at Israel's Hadassah Medical Center has successfully eliminated the physical manifestations of Parkinson's disease in a select group of patients with a deep brain stimulation technique. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  14. 14. 60 Years of Discovery <ul><li>For women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine fibroids, the development in Israel of the Ex Ablate 2000 System is a welcome breakthrough, offering a noninvasive alternative to surgery. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel is developing a nose drop that will provide a five year flu vaccine. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.  </li></ul><ul><li>Computers should have a sign attached saying Israel Inside. The Pentium NMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids. </li></ul><ul><li>Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R. & D. facilities outside the US in Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone technology was also developed in Israel by MOTOROLA which has its biggest development center in Israel. Most of the latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by Israeli </li></ul><ul><li>scientists. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel's Net line Communications Technologies with their security expertise to help the fight against terror. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  15. 15. 60 Years of Discovery <ul><li>Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel produces more scientific papers per capita - 109 per 10,000 - than any other nation. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel has the highest number of startup companies per rata. In absolute terms, the highest number, except the US. Israel has a ratio of patients filed. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies outside of ?Silicon Valley. Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds, behind the USA. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel has more museums per capita. </li></ul><ul><li>Israel has the second highest publication of new books per capita. </li></ul><ul><li>Relative to population, Israel is the largest immigrant absorbing nation on earth. </li></ul><ul><li>These immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom or expression, economic opportunity, and quality of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Believe it or not, Israel is the only country in the world which had a net gain in the number of trees last year. </li></ul><ul><li>Even Warren Buffet of Berkshire-Hathaway fame has just invested millions with Israeli Companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of the massive contribution that Israel is giving to the world - and to you - in science, medicine, communications, security. Pro rata for population, Israel is making a greater contribution than any other nation on earth. </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  16. 16. 60 Years on.. <ul><li>Aim: To analyse how far Israel has come in 60 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Class should write a paragraph about what they hope to have achieved by the time they are 60 </li></ul><ul><li>Then they should write the same as if they are Israel in 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>Remind students of some of the ideas they have encountered during their Idrael 60 education </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss if Israel has met or exceeded expectations? Are their challenges Israel has not yet overcome. Where to in 60 more years? </li></ul><ul><li>Israel 120 – Ask them to project forward, what will Israel be like? </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  17. 17. Quick Ideas for Israel 60 <ul><li>Israel Monopoly + </li></ul><ul><li>Faces of Israel – huge collage </li></ul><ul><li>Birthday Cards for the State </li></ul><ul><li>Design an Israel Birthday Cake / Party </li></ul><ul><li>Israel Expo </li></ul><ul><li>Who Wants to be a Millionaire (in Shekels) </li></ul><ul><li>E-Pen Pals </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  18. 18. Quick Ideas for Israel 60 <ul><li>Heroes of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Interview with Herzl </li></ul><ul><li>Party Quirks – Whose Line Is It Anyway </li></ul><ul><li>Song for Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Icons of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Israel High School Musical </li></ul><ul><li>Community Events </li></ul>The Lookstein Center –
  19. 19. Links many faces, one country The Lookstein Center –
  20. 20. http :// www . youtube . com / watch?v = 6jhLiELjnw4 Chag Atzmaut Sameach! The Lookstein Center –
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