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Description

Reya El-Salahi goes to Israel to explore her mixed Afro-Arab Muslim and Jewish heritage. When she lands in Israel, she encounters problems getting through passport control due to the colour of her skin, but once in the country, she explores the history of Israel. Meeting young Israelis in Tel Aviv allows Reya to understand what life is like for young people in Israel. The underlying threat of violence against Islamic terrorism is a constant concern for Reya.

This is the personal journey of presenter Reya El-Salahi and also features contributors with extreme religious and political views. It deals with conflict in Israel and the Middle East from both the Jewish Israeli and Palestinian Arab sides. Issues of race, religion and contentious politics are explored.
This clip is from:
Mixed up in the Middle East
First broadcast:
14 November 2011

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to show similarities and difference across the world, and also background to the conflict between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East. This is the personal journey of presenter Reya El Salahi and also features contributors with extreme religious and political views. It deals with conflict in Israel and the Middle East from both the Jewish Israeli and Palestinian Arab sides. Issues of race, religion and contentious politics are explored.

Students may use this as a way into discussing the problems faced by people from a mixed religious or cultural background. Thinking of the incident at the airport they might consider whether a person from a mixed background can ever fully 'belong' and have a strong identity. Students may then use the clip to explore the question whether it is possible to ever have a truly multi-religious or multi-cultural society. A question to answer is "How happy would you be if your child chose to be with a person of a different background to yours and which background should their offspring be brought up in?"

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