1. Personal impact: View the video clip from Voices Across the Divide by Alice Rothchild in the video resource section for Chapter 6. Rothchild uses the term “invisible voices” to describe the experiences of Palestinians in the Nakba of 1948.
2. Small group: This discussion is based on having read “Refugees and Memory” on page 70, as well as skimming through Palestine in Motion, which is a collection of reflections by Palestinians who have been uprooted through displacement. Be mindful that their memories and stories link them to their families’ Palestinian homeland.
3. Small group: Review the following: (a.) numbers of refugees globally cited from UNHCR on p.76, (b) the longer description of the founding of both UNRWA and UNHCR on p. 71.
4. Personal impact/Discussion: Notice where Palestinian refugees are found in the Middle East. Khouri claims that the Palestine issue matters deeply to Arabs and is a “core grievance” driving Arab politics. He says further, that the presence of Palestinian refugees in other countries is a constant reminder of their resentment.
5. Whole group: Mark Zeitoun (p.77) and Jonathan Cook (p.48) each describe the effects that control of access to water for Palestinians in various communities face.
6. Whole group: Climate issues are inextricably woven into political realities of instability in the region, according to the quote by Naomi Klein on p.77:
“In fact, if we chart the locations of the most intense conflict spots in the world right now—bloodiest battle fields in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Iraq—what becomes clear is that these also happen to be some of the hottest and driest places on earth... [Drone] strikes are intensely concentrated in regions with an average of just 200 millimeters (7.8 inches) of rainfall per year—so little that even slight climate disruption can push them into drought. In other words, we are bombing the driest places on the planet, which also happen to be the most destabilized.”