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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Countries in the News" series grazes trouble spots of the world, selecting basic information about history, politics, culture, and current events. Each title includes statistics and brief discussions of both continuing problems and issues in the news, while offering students several prompts for further debate in the classroom. Israel will acquaint readers with the country's Biblical past and Jewish Diaspora, the dream of a Zionist nation, the Holocaust, and later establishment of modern Israel. Conflict with Arab nations is discussed, as are present struggles with Palestinians and terrorists. "Know Your Facts" sidebars present information on subjects like Jerusalem, occupation of the Gaza strip and the West Bank, the kibbutz experience, and universal military service. Among questions proposed for student debate: the right of return for Palestinians, perpetual remembrance of the Holocaust as opposed to moving on, and Israel's withdrawal from former Arab territories. As for the future, Israel's problems often seem intractable, given the challenges of conflict between Orthodox and progressive Jews, Arab and Jewish citizens inside Israel, and between Jewish settlers and displaced Palestinians. Criticism from the world community focuses on the determination of Israel and Arab nations to claim limited land and water, with both sides continuing to use reciprocal violence while resisting international efforts to bring about peace. Eye-opening information and color photos in this volume could inspire the further research necessary for an in-depth study of Israel. Extra features include a timeline, a glossary, and a list of useful websites. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599200187
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Countries in the News Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 10.69 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Israel?     4
The Occupied Territories     6
History: Forged by Conflict     8
Geography: Small and Beautiful     10
Society: Risen from the Ashes     12
Society: A Rich Mix     14
Faith and Culture     16
The Kibbutz     18
Settlers     20
Citizens at Arms     22
Government and Foreign Relations     24
The Future     26
Timeline + Basic Facts     28
Glossary and Web sites     30
Index     32
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