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Palestine Advocacy Course

Learn the history and occupation of Palestine, the claims used to justify occupation, how to counter them robustly with well-established facts and advocate for restoring the rights of the Palestinians.

Last Updated: 6/2021

This course includes:

  • 30hrs taught classroom sessions delivered over 10 weeks

  • 10 Tutorial sessions for additional support

  • 10 Downloadable course materials

  • 1 Coursebook

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    Course starts 30th July 2021- reserve your space now

    What You Will Learn

  • Detailed history of the land of Palestine until modern day

  • The strategic interests and aims of all the major powers, groups and stakeholders


  • Familiarity with the arguments for and against Zionist narratives, and the ability to evaluate them based on established facts

  • To articulate a strong counter-argument to pro-Israeli occupation rhetoric in a variety of settings, from academic, to television and media, and even in legal arenas

  • The ability to deliver informed advocacy and the call to Islamic solutions within the Muslim world.

  • Course Created by

    Abdullah Al-Andalusi

    Abdullah is the Head of Occidentology at The Quran Institute with 15 years of experience critically engaging secularism, liberalism, zionism, atheism, christianity and judaism across a variety of platforms. He teaches the reality behind Western philosophies, political systems, values and intellectual self-justifications.

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    Course Curriculum

    This is what will be covered in this course

    Week 1 - Introduction & Aims

    COURSE INTRODUCTION

     

    • Topic Overview

    • Course aims

    • Summary of positions and arguments on the issue of Palestine

    • Course plan and outcomes

     

    CORRECT USE OF THIS COURSE

     

    •  Correct mentality and approach to the issue of Palestine

    •  Opposing non-Islamic, racist and ethno-nationalist views

    •  Eschewing tendencies to clandestine-conspiratorial or end-time apocalyptic views

    •  Seriousness in pursuing positive advocacy

    •  Islamic adab and akhlaaq in discussion and advocacy

    Week 2 - History Of The Land Of Palestine/Canaan Until Muslim Conquest

    •  Origin of toponyms and ethnonyms

    •  Prehistory of the land of Canaan

    •  Ancient history of the land of Canaan (including Phoenicia and Philistia) and Egypt (archeological and Biblical accounts)

    •  The Patriarchal period (Biblical account)

    •  Twelve Tribes of Israel and the period of the Judges (Biblical account)

    •  The Kingdom of Israel (Biblical account)

    •  The period of the two successor states, Kingdom of Samaria and Kingdom of Judah

    •  Assyrian and Babylonian invasions, imperial control, Hebrew revolts and exile

    •  The Second Temple Period - Persian era return from Babylonian exile, Hellenistic era, Hasmonean dynasty, Herodian dynasty and Roman clientship

    •  The Jewish-Roman wars/rebellions

    •  Beginning of major Jewish migrations and diaspora

    •  Roman province(s) of Judea, then Palestina (and later 3 divisions), and Sassanian temporary conquest (and Jewish autonomy)

    •  Conversions of Jews to Christianity

    Week 3 - History Of The Land Of Palestine From Islamic Syria Until 1948

    •  Muslim conquest of (eastern) Roman Syria

    •  Conversions of Christians to Islam

    •  Rashidoon Caliphate era

    •  Umayyad era

    •  Abbasid era

    •  Crusader era, and the Ayyubid and later Mamluk response

    •  Ottoman era administration

    •  Origin of the idea of Nationalism in Western 19th-century romanticism

    •  Theodore Hertzl and the Zionist movement

    •  Early Jewish migrations into the Ottoman levant

    •  The Balfour declaration

    •  World War 1 - conquest by British forces and Arab proxies

    •  The Remo conference, League of Nations Mandate for Palestine

    •  British plans, policies and Arab proxies

    •  Dissolution of the Ottoman Caliphate and the treaty of Lausanne

    •  British Mandate of Palestine era

    •  Ha’avara agreement, and Jewish migration to Palestine

    •  The Peel Commission

    •  The Arab revolt and the 1939 White Paper

    •  Anti-semitism in Europe, World War 2, and the world reaction to the Holocaust

    •  Post-WW2 immigration into Palestine

    •  Haganah, Irgun and Stern gang terror campaigns

    •  The United nations Partition plan

    •  British withdrawal from Palestine

    •  Civil war in Palestine (1947-49)


    Week 4 - Major Developments In Palestine From 1948 Until Oslo Accords

    •  Muslim conquest of (eastern) Roman Syria

    •  Conversions of Christians to Islam

    •  Rashidoon Caliphate era

    •  Umayyad era

    •  Abbasid era

    •  Crusader era, and the Ayyubid and later Mamluk response

    •  Ottoman era administration

    •  Origin of the idea of Nationalism in Western 19th-century romanticism

    •  Theodore Hertzl and the Zionist movement

    •  Early Jewish migrations into the Ottoman levant

    •  The Balfour declaration

    •  World War 1 - conquest by British forces and Arab proxies

    •  The Remo conference, League of Nations Mandate for Palestine

    •  British plans, policies and Arab proxies

    •  Dissolution of the Ottoman Caliphate and the treaty of Lausanne

    •  British Mandate of Palestine era

    •  Ha’avara agreement, and Jewish migration to Palestine

    •  The Peel Commission

    •  The Arab revolt and the 1939 White Paper

    •  Anti-semitism in Europe, World War 2, and the world reaction to the Holocaust

    •  Post-WW2 immigration into Palestine

    •  Haganah, Irgun and Stern gang terror campaigns

    •  The United nations Partition plan

    •  British withdrawal from Palestine

    •  Civil war in Palestine (1947-49)


    Week 5 - Major Developments In Palestine From Oslo Until Current Day

    •  The Taba agreement / “Oslo 2”

    •  The Camp David summit

    •  The Taba summit

    •  The Second Intifada 2000-05 and Mitchell report

    •  The road-map agreement

    •  Gaza: Israeli withdrawal (2005), the election of 2006 and sanctions against Gaza

    •  the Israeli hafrada plan & the West Bank separation wall

    •  Lebanon war 2006

    •  Fatah-Hamas conflict of 2006-07

    •  The Annapolis conference

    •  UN recognition as non-member observer state

    •  Bombing of Gaza 2012

    •  Bombing of Gaza 2014

    •  Trump peace proposal

    •  UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Moroccan recognition of Israel (2020)

    •  Bombing of Gaza 2021

    •  History of Israeli military operations against Syria and Iraq

    •  History of Israeli clandestine operations in the Middle East (Including Iran)

    Week 6 - Survey Of Major Contentious Issues, Proposed Solutions And Strategic Interests Involved In The Palestine Issue

    STRATEGIC INTERESTS OF THE MAJOR PROTAGONISTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

     

    •  The British Imperial policies and use of Arab proxies to secure the creation of Israel

    •  The United States of America and its Middle East Policy

    •  British and French, and wider European Union policies and relations with Israel

    •  The policies and interests of governments in the Muslim world towards Israel and the Palestinians

    •  The Soviet, and later, Russian policies towards Israel and the Middle East

    •  History of resolutions, enactment and vetoes by the United Nations Committee and Security Council

    •  Modern Israel advocacy groups

    •  Modern pro-Palestine movements and groups

    •  Christian Zionism in right-wing United States politics

    •  Far-right wing organisations in Western countries and Islamophobia

     

    REVIEW OF THE MAJOR CONTENTIOUS ISSUES

     

    •  Recognition of Israel by the ‘Arab-states’

    •  Israel’s internal security concerns

    •  Israel’s ‘defensible borders’ concerns

    •  Status and divisibility of Jerusalem

    •  Gaza blockade

    •  Israel’s building of settlements on the West Bank

    •  Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank

    •  ‘land for peace’ claims

    •  Control of the Golan Heights

    •  1967 borders and the description of Israel’s as an ‘occupation’

    •  Feasibility and degree of autonomy of a Palestinian state

     

    REVIEW OF THE PROPOSED SOLUTIONS

     

    •  One-state solution

    •  Two-state solution

    •  Three-state or ‘zero-state’ solutions

    Week 7 - Israeli Legal Discrimination Based Upon Race/Ethnicity

    DE JURE LEGAL DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON RACE/ETHNICITY (WITHIN ISRAEL)

     

    •  Palestinian ‘absentee’ laws for land appropriation by State of Israel

    •  East Jerusalem Jewish quarter property purchase exclusivity

    •  Right of return for only one ethnicity (& religious conversion) [Aliya]

    •  Unequal Marriage and family reunification laws

    •  Restriction of political image laws (e.g. outlawing the Palestinian flag)

    •  Israel’s nation-state laws

     

    DE FACTO LEGAL DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON RACE/ETHNICITY (WITHIN ISRAEL)

     

    •  Right to build permit allocation and selective enforcement

    •  Discriminatory policies by town admissions committees

    •  Israel Land Authority (ILA) discriminatory allotments

    •  Selective discrimination Lack of Israeli-Palestinian representation on planning committees

     

    DE FACTO LEGAL DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON RACE/ETHNICITY (IN OCCUPIED TERRITORIES)

     

    •  Expropriation of land in West Bank for “public needs”

    •  Requisition of land in West bank for “military needs”

    •  Absentee land appropriation in West Bank & East Jerusalem

    •  Treatment of West Bank Palestinians

     

    EVALUATING ACCURACY OF FREQUENTLY ALLEGED COMPARISONS:

     

    •  Apartheid South Africa

    •  Pre-civil rights ‘Jim Crow’ Southern United States of America


    Week 8 - Analysing Religious-Based Claims Regarding Occupied Palestine

    OVERVIEW OF JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY, CREEDS AND ORAL AND TEXTUAL SOURCES

     

    JEWISH RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES & INTERPRETATIONS

     

    •  Judaism’s concept of the Holy Land

    •  The Temple Mount and Jewish atonement and sacrificial laws

    •  Jewish concept of the Mosaic and Davidic Covenants and status of the land of Palestine

    •  Judaism’s concept of Messiah and differing schools of thought on when to return to the land of Palestine

    •  Differing schools of thought on the religious-based legitimacy of Israel as a secular state

     

    CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES & INTERPRETATIONS

     

    •  Christianity’s ‘New Covenant’ and the Christian view of the Jewish Tanakh (Old Testament)

    •  Christian end-times eschatology and Jewish residence in the Holy Lands

    •  The first Zionists: Christian Zionism

     

    ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVES & INTERPRETATIONS

     

    •  Islam’s concept of the Holy Land and the Al-Aqsa Masjid

    •  Islam’s view of the Covenant of Moses

    •  Islamic eschatology and the Holy Lands

    •  Islamic perspectives on the occupation of Palestine


    Week 9 - Analysis Of Non-Religious Arguments And Claims Regarding The Palestine Issue

    A REVIEW OF NATIONALIST ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST ZIONISM:

    

    •  Origins of nationalism, and the concept of the Nation-state

    •  Ideology and vision of Theodore Hertzl

    •  Critical evaluation of arguments made in support of Israeli and Palestinian nation-states

     

    A REVIEW OF HISTORICAL-TIE/INHERITANCE-BASED ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST ZIONISM:


    •  Zionist argument of historical ancestry and ‘right to return’

    •  Zionist delegitimisation of ancient Palestinian ties to the land of Palestine

    •  Review of archaeological, genetic and histographical research

     

    REVIEW OF MORAL ARGUMENTS MADE FOR AND AGAINST ZIONISM:


    •  Anti-semitism, origins and definition

    •  History of anti-semitism in Europe and Western countries

    •  ‘anti-zionism is anti-semitism’: History of the delegitimisation of Zionist critical narratives

    •  Treatment of Palestinians in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories

     

    REVIEW OF ‘MORAL HIGH-GROUND OF CONDUCT’ ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST THE ISRAELI STATE:


    •  Arguments used to justify Israeli military operations and population control measures

    •  Arguments used to justify Palestine military operations and resistance against population control measures

    •  Arguments for and against Israel, ‘Arab states’ and Palestinians based on desiring and breaching ‘peace’


    Week 10 - Arguing The Islamic Viewpoint To The Palestine Issue, And Assessing Potential Solutions

    THE ISLAMIC VIEWPOINT TOWARDS THE FACTORS INVOLVED IN THE PALESTINE ISSUE


    •  Islamic definition of oppression, injustice and occupation

    •  Islamic viewpoint towards nation-states

    •  Islamic conception of duty within the Muslim Umma

    •  The perspective of Islamic law towards the Palestine issue

    •  Islamic guidance, method and purposes on advocating justice with non-Muslims within non-Islamic contexts and power structures

    •  Islamic guidance, method and purposes on advocating Islamic solutions with Muslims within the Muslim world

     

    ASSESSING POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO THE PALESTINE ISSUE

    

    •  Evaluating immediate feasible actions by Muslim states, diplomatic, economic and punitive

    •  Evaluating immediate feasible actions through civil advocacy and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in the West and beyond

    •  CASE STUDY: South Africa

    •  Evaluating long-term feasible solutions


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