From the River to the Sea Explained


What does the slogan “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free” really mean? What are the historical and geographic roots of the phrase and the practical implications of its real-world implementation?


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Big Ideas

  1. The slogan represents different meanings, ranging from Palestinian statehood to the elimination of Israel, depending on the perspective.
  2. Many who use the slogan are not informed on the conflict and spread the controversial phrase without being aware of its implications.
  3. The feasibility of a one-state solution is challenged by deep-rooted mistrust, but building mutual respect is key to resolving the conflict.

Essential Questions

  1. What are the historical and current meanings behind the slogan “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free”?
  2. Why is the idea of a one-state solution not broadly supported by Israelis and Palestinians?
  3. How can Israelis and Palestinians move towards mutual understanding and coexistence?



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