For Your Group's Consideration

Discussion Guide

The Why Palestine Matters Discussion Guide is intended to open a space for engaging the cross-currents among some contemporary global justice issues through looking at the history and present-day experiences and outcomes in Palestine. 


There are several ways to create a self-study or group learning experience using the Discussion Guide in book Why Palestine Matters in combination with the material and videos on this web site.  There is no one size fits all.  Based on the context and goals of your group, consider from among the following options for designing a course best suited to your needs:

Options #1 & #2

 The book Why Palestine Matters  contains a Discussion Guide that provides material for a 4 or 5 session course, mostly covering the information contained in chapters 1, 2, 5, and 7.  Four sessions can offer a valuable learning experience.  In the book, a fifth session is provided as an additional session or as a bonus.  

Note: Options 1 & 2 are based on building a strong experiential base that will strengthen the study of Chapters 3, 4 & 6.

Option #3

The Discussion Guide on this site offers substantive sessions for Chapters 3, 4, and 6. Any of these chapters can be substituted for the material in the 4-5 session course outline in the book.

Option #4

Any or all of the lessons for the chapters on this site may be added to either a 4 or 5 session course.  This abundance of available material allows for the creation of a classroom experience of up to 8 sessions.

Option #5

Based on the totality of personal impact experiences and discussion questions, design your class to meet your group’s learning objectives. Consider offering one stand-alone session on a chapter of interest.  Depending on how it goes, offer another.  

Option #6  

Screen the videos for each chapter at each session.  Then discuss.

Chapter 3


Where we are now: 

Facts on the Ground

Jonathan Kuttab

Kathleen Christison

Laura Siena

Jennifer Bing

Ron Smith 

Harry Gunkel

Chapter 5



a country

Noushin Framke

Kathleen Christison

Gil Hochberg

Chapter 6



Rami Khouri

Pauline Coffman

Chapter 7



Kathleen Christison

Ken Mayers

Susan Landau

Rana Shubeir

Basman Derawi

Bashar Nabhan

4 to 5 Week Course included in the book