Date of Graduation

Winter 12-11-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Professor Rosa M. Jimenez, Ph.D.


#YouNeverToldMe: What Jewish American Children Learn about Palestinian Displacement during the founding of the State of Israel examines how the education of Jewish American children in Jewish educational K-12 settings about the founding of the state of Israel omits details and events about the displacement of Palestinians and how knowledge gaps limit the possibility of dialogue among Jewish and Arab/Palestinian college students, and have a negative effect on Jewish identity. Within the methodological structure of Grounded Theory young adults, former students of the researcher, answer questions concerning their memories of what they learned about the founding of the state of Israel, their experiences in college interacting with Palestinians, and the impact on their Jewish identity. When Jewish college students are confronted with the fact that they were given a limited view of the history of the founding of the state of Israel and learn that injustices were committed in that long running conflict they question the value of their Jewish education and question their Jewish identity and their connection to the state of Israel. The data collected confirms that a gap in knowledge not only affects Jewish young adults’ self image, it affects their view of the state of Israel, and encourages them to find ways to get to know Palestinians and to support peaceful pathways to further justice and respect, key Jewish values that they learned as children growing up in Jewish settings.

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