Israel’s First Special Ops Unit

Unpacked for Educators (A division of OpenDor Media)

This video deals with a tense topic, fraught with controversy and passionate perspectives: how should governments respond to terrorism? 

The video comes with a 5-part educational guide (includes REVIEW, DISCUSSION, ACTIVITIES, REFLECTION, FURTHER LEARNING) that can be viewed online and/or downloaded as a PDF, along with a Kahoot game. 

It is also part of a series titled History of Israel Explained.

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Israelis have been fighting terrorism since well before the establishment of the State and certainly before Israel’s sweeping victory in 1967. In 1953, just five years into statehood, Israel needed to respond to terrorist attacks from outside its borders, and Israel formed Unit 101, its first special operations team, yet it disbanded quickly after it began its operations. Using this video and educator guide, students will learn why the unit was formed, why it disbanded only months after its creation, and the impact it left on the nascent state. How can a country like Israel balance its obligations to protect her citizens and also engage in warfare with the moral and ethical high ground intact? Can both be accomplished?

Watch this video and use these prompts to ask hard questions and work together to arrive at their answers.


Area of Work

  • FE - Family Engagement
  • DS&Y - Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • AS&B - After School and Beyond
  • T - Teens

Resource Type

  • Lesson
  • Video

Resource Category

  • Israel Education

Resource Topic

  • Israel - The Land
  • Israel - State


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