Videos about the Middle East, c.1919-2012

The following videos have been selected from YouTube. I have tried to find materials that are not heavily influenced by one side or the other but which offer some reasonably ‘objective’ account. However, I cannot guarantee that this will always be the case so – as always – you are encouraged to doubt, to question and to reach your own conclusions about what you see here.

In addition to the videos embedded here, see also: BBC Bitesize Clips

PBS documentary series

Brief Overview


What is Zionism?



WWI Background


The McMahon-Hussein correspondence (1915), Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916) & The Balfour Declaration (1917)


An in-depth look at the impact of WWI on the Middle East – 56 minutes

The creation of the state of Israel and the War of 1948-49



The Suez Crisis, 1956


The Six Day War of 1967

Munich & Black September, 1972



Yom Kippur, 1973


Camp David Accords, 1978

Oslo Peace Accords, 1993


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