Words, Words, Words

One problem in dealing with the Middle East has been the confusion too many people have about the meaning of words. They use them incorrectly and confuse others. You can use this exercise to refresh your own memory or gather a group to go over them. Discuss the similarities and differences between the words on each line.

One problem in dealing with the Middle East has been the confusion too many people have about the meaning of words.  They use them incorrectly and confuse others.  You can use this exercise to refresh your own memory or gather a group to go over them.  Discuss the similarities and differences between the words on each line.

  1. Arab, Arabian, Palestinian, Philistine, Bedouin
  2. Islam, Muslim, Islamist
  3. Israeli, Israelite
  4. Arab Jew, Israeli Arab, Palestinian Arab
  5. Ashkenazim, Sephardim
  6. Closure, curfew, checkpoint, border, green line
  7. Kibbutz, settlement, neighborhood, colony
  8. West Bank, occupied territories, disputed territories, administered territories, Judea and Samaria, Eretz Yisrael
  9. Judaism, Zionism
  10. Semitic, Jew, Arab, Hebrew
  11. Zionism, Religious Zionism, Christian Zionism
  12. Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Orthodox Jew, Ultra Orthodox 
  13.  East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, Old City, Corpus Separatum
  14. God, YHWH, Allah
  15. Terrorist, freedom fighter
  16. PLO, PNA, PA, PNC, PLC
  17. Jihad, just war, holy war
  18. Autonomy, self-determination, two-state solution, annexation
  19. Latin Catholic, Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Maronite
  20. Syrian, Syriac
  21. Oslo Peace Process, Hebron Accords, Wye River Agreement, Camp David II, Taba, Road Map
  22. Geneva Conventions, Geneva Accords

Word Study Meanings

A Style Sheet on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict by: J. Martin Bailey
Word definitions and suggestions for correct usage

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