Gaza in the Critical EFL Classroom: Opening Eyes, Hearts and Minds

The full article is available to our members in our 2015 summer Newsletter.


Abu Salama, Tamam. (2015). Gaza family to daughter studying abroad, ‘We do miss you Baba, but don’t come’. Mondoweiss, 19 January.

Alareer, Refaat, ed. (2014). Gaza writes back: Short stories from young writers in Gaza, Palestine. Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books. Publisher’s link:

Alashqar, Khaled. (2014). Burning the future of Gaza’s children. IPS, 16 Aug.

Al-Masri, Nazmi. (2014a). What does it mean to be a Palestinian father? Mondoweiss, 9 August., (2014b) 12 August. & (2014c) 26 August.

Almeghari, Rami. (2014a). Israel attacks my university – with bombs and lies. Electronic Intifada, 4 August. and (2014b) 16 August.

AP. (2014). Emotional wounds of Gaza war remain unhealed. The Epoch Times, 18 August.

Arutz Sheva. (2014). Far-left groups shocked by public backlash. Arutz Sheva, 15 August.

Barrows-Friedman, Nora. (2014). Gaza Professor Haidar Eid describes “most devastating destruction since 1948.” Electronic Intifada, 14 August.

Berry, Kathleen S. (2000). The dramatic arts and Cultural Studies: Educating against the grain. London: Routledge.

Bigelow, Bill, & Christensen, Linda. (2001). Promoting social imagination through interior monologues. The Quarterly 23(1). National Writing Project.

Bora, Kukil. (2014). Farah Baker, A Gaza teenager becomes social media phenomenon by tweeting about war, ibt times, 11 August. \

Christensen, L. (2000). Reading, writing and rising up. Teaching about social justice and the power of the written word. Milwaukee: Rethinking Schools.

Deger. Allison. (2015). UN report on Gaza war includes stories of civilian executions, attacks on ambulances and targeting of humanitarian facilities. Mondoweiss, 24 June.

Eid, Haidar. (2014). Diary of an Israeli war. Aljazeera, 21 July.

Finkelstein, Norman G. (2014). Method and madness: The hidden story of Israel’s assaults on Gaza. New York

Finkelstein, Norman G. (2015) video-recorded lecture, 13 March.

Frykberg, Mel. (2015). Palestinian women victims on many fronts. IPS, 21 March.

Gordon, Neve. (2015). Israel votes apartheid. Countercurrents, 19 March

IJAN. (2014). Gaza and the propaganda machines. The Guardian, 15 August.

Ismail, Noor.(2014). A teenager contemplates life and war in the Gaza Strip.  Jadaliyya,  31.7.

Jadaliyya Reports. (2014). Over 100 Middle East Studies scholars and librarians call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Jadaliyya, 6 August.

Kane, Alex. (2015). How a Washington state teacher is bringing Palestine into high school classrooms. Mondoweiss, 17 February.

Kashti, Or. (2014). Israeli teenagers: Racist and proud of it. Haaretz, 21 Aug.

Levy, Gideon. (2014). Why Israel is its own worst enemy. CNN, 8 August.

Levy, Gideon. (2015). Israel is galloping to the next war in Gaza. War Without Mercy, 26.2.

Levy, G, & Levac, A. (2014). Behind the IDF shooting of a 10-year-old boy. Haaretz, 21.8.

Newsham, John. (2014). Perhaps governments do not talk about Israeli terror, but we will not be silent. New Internationalist Easier English Wiki, 15 Sept.

Norton, Ben. (2015a). Independent investigation details Israel’s deliberate targeting of civilians in Gaza. Mondoweiss, 29 Jan.

Norton, Ben (2015b). UN: In 2014, Israel demolished 1,177 Palestinians’ homes in the West Bank. Mondoweiss, 2 Feb.  

Pohl, Uwe, & Szesztay, Margit. (2105). Bringing creative, critical and compassionate thinking into ELT. Humanising Language Teaching 17(2), April.

Peled-Elhanan, Nurit. (2012). Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education. London: I.B. Tauris.

Ramadan, Hasan. (2015). Using writing and drawing to release tension among traumatized students. Paper, IATEFL 49th international conference, Manchester, 12 April.

Rose, L. (2015). ‘Rethinking Schools’ journal responds to liberal Zionism. Mondoweiss, 3.2.

Tarbush, Susannah. (2014). Young Gazan writers prove the power of the short story. The Palestine Chronicle, 25 January.

Steinberg, Shirley R. (2006). Critical cultural studies research: Bricolage in action. In K. Tobin & S. Steinberg, eds. Doing educational research—A handbook (pp. 117-137). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. Republished 2012 and online in full:

Templer. Bill. (2012). Changing the world, walking the talk. BETA annual conference, Ruse, Bulgaria.

Templer, Bill, & Tonawanik, Phuangphet. (2011). Honing critical social imagination through a curriculum of social empathy. Humanising Language Teaching 13(4), August.

The World Can’t Wait! (2014). Stop Israel’s ongoing war crimes against the people of Gaza. Public meeting with key speakers, The Cooper Union, NYC, 14 Aug. 2 hrs, 38 minutes. Videorecorded.   Refaat Alareer segment:

Their, Tzvia. (2015). My personal journey of transformation. Mondoweiss, 11 April.

Weiss, Suzanne. (2014).  Not in my name.  The Bullet, 16 August.

Weiss, Philip. (2015). The political geography of colony and Bantustan, is the same on both sides of the Green Line — Amira Hass. Mondoweiss, 27 March.

Yeshua-Lyth, Ofra. (2015). Options for a non-Zionist Jewish voter. Mondoweiss, 10 March.

2 Responses to Gaza in the Critical EFL Classroom: Opening Eyes, Hearts and Minds

  1. Bill Templer October 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    The book publlisher’s link for Alareer, GAZA WRITES BACK is It moved from the URL given above.


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