GCSE History: UN partition plan for Palestine and establishing the State of Israel

Using guest speakers, this video clip discusses the background and impact of the UN Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947.

This clip is part of a series which can be treated as historical sources, looking at different viewpoints of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is one of a series of clips taken from a longer documentary about the Israel/Palestine conflict, from 2004.

The series follows the history of the conflict through the mid-late 20th century, focussing on major incidents, pressure points and conflicts.

Please note, these clips have been edited from the original 2004 broadcast version to remove some scenes young audiences might find disturbing. However, teacher review is advised.

Teacher Notes

After watching the clip, split the class into groups and have them talk about what they saw.

How does each speaker present the partition plan? Do they think it was a good idea?

Summarise the speakers' perspective. Can you think of anything that might influence them?

Why do you think some of the speakers hold opposing views? Is there anything they agree on?

Is there anything you would still like to know about the conflict that wasn't mentioned in the video?

Curriculum Notes

This video clip will be relevant for teaching history at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. Also at Third Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in AQA and Edexcel.

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Suez and the arrival of the Cold War in the Middle East
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The Six-Day War and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)
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The Yom Kippur War
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Sabra and Shatila massacres in 1982
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The first Intifada and Palestinian consciousness
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