United Nations involvement in Palestine

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Learning aims

  • Explain the importance of UN Resolution 181
  • Explain the similarities and differences with the recommendations of the Peel Commission’s partition plan
  • Explain the significance of the civil war in Palestine


  • Hilary Brash, The Middle East: Conflict, Crisis and Change, 1917-2012, pp. 16-20
  • Hodder, pp.13-15: Partition and the Birth of Israel;
  • Edexcel, pp. 13-14: Creation of the State of Israel


    1. Complete the living graph of the British in Palestine
    2. Video and hot seating task: found on BBC bitesize
    3. Compare the partition proposals from 1937 and 1947 – what are the main differences and how would you explain them?
    4. Complete the colour coding exercise – on the reasons for the creation of State of Israel.
    5. Read: chapter 5 of the Hodder textbook (pp. 13-15) and complete questions on p. 15.
    6. Group task: To produce a mind map showing the long and short term reasons for the eventual creation of Israel:
      • Rank order the reasons clockwise beginning with the most important at 12.0. clock
      • Draw lines to show links between the reasons. Explain links along lines
    7. Paired task: Produce two different newspaper headlines showing reactions to the creation of Israel:
      • One in the Arab world
      • Another in the USA
    8. Homework:How far was WWII responsible for Jewish state?

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