Drawing from the authors’ experience teaching op-ed writing across a variety of subjects as well as teaching Israeli-Palestinian relations using a range of methods, this article describes the benefits of using op-ed writing assignments in an Israel-Palestine course. The authors demonstrate the value of showing students how to develop concise, research-based prescriptive arguments that can complement what is often an explanatory-only approach to understanding Israeli-Palestinian relations. The article lays out the challenges and opportunities of helping students master a public commentary form that is becoming increasingly central in the digital age.
LENA SALEH is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has been both an instructor and a teaching assistant for courses on Israeli-Palestinian relations. Under the supervision of Mira Sucharov, she is currently completing her dissertation, examining women’s rights, gender norms, and popular culture in Lebanon.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIRA SUCHAROv is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is the author of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (2005) and Public Influence: A Guide to Op-ed Writing and Social Media Engagement (forthcoming). Her many op-eds on Israel/Palestine have appeared in Ha’aretz, The Forward, The Globe and Mail, The Daily Beast, and elsewhere. E-mail: email@example.com