Vol. 22 No. 4 , 2017
JERUSALEM: The Key to Peace

Jerusalem is a most striking example of the current deterioration in the relations between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab/Islamic world. The recent escalation of Israeli activities aimed at converting Jerusalem into a totally Jewish city has had no precedent since the occupation of East Jerusalem began in 1967. These activities will not change the reality that Jerusalem, which the Jews claim only for themselves, is at the heart of the Christian and Muslim faiths.

Christians and Muslims will not give up their rights in the city, and these Israeli activities will only sow the seeds of the coming rounds of confrontations which may, and even almost surely, will be more extreme and violent than ever before.

Successive Israeli governments have tried since the occupation began in 1967 to create facts on the ground by building Jewish neighborhoods in the occupied East Jerusalem, across the armistice line known as the Green Line. The shift in Israeli politics and the ris
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Table of Contents
  1. President Trump's Decision on Jerusalem Lacks International Legitimacy and Strategic Vision ( )
    President Trump decision lacks international legitimacy and encourages Israel to continue its occupation and colonial activities.
    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  2. Editorial
  3. Jerusalem–Alternatives to Discrimination and Confrontation ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  4. Focus
  5. Our Jerusalem — A Reality Check ( )
    The processes that Jerusalem has been going though in the past 50 years have severely hurt the city, and a major change in direction is needed.
    By Menachem Klein Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  6. Jerusalem for All Times ( )
    There is a dire need to seek a political solution and to postpone negotiations about narratives, history and religion until peace is restored and, with it, the freedom to discuss, negotiate and research freely.
    By Hind Khoury Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  7. The Jerusalem Anomaly ( )
    Today’s Jerusalem is a place of administrative and governmental anomaly, where residents of the eastern half of the city do not have the same status, benefits, or public systems
    By Nir Hasson Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  8. A Noble Hashemite Custodianship Undermined ( )
    Muslim (and Christian) holy places and property are also Palestinian national issues, and Israeli occupation policies with regard to Al-Aqsa Mosque are in contravention of international law, universal conventions and the peace treaty with Jordan.
    By Mustafa Abu-Sway Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  9. Destructive Unilateral Legislation and Plans on Jerusalem’s Boundaries ( )
    A secure and stable life in Jerusalem can exist only based on recognition of the full extent of the connections of both of these peoples to the city.
    By Yudith Oppenheimer Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  10. Imposing the Israeli Curriculum on Palestinian Jerusalem Schools: The Shovel Destroying Our National Identity ( )
    Given that the Palestinian people are a nation living under occupation and struggling for freedom, the Israeli occupation has no right to interfere in what we teach our children in our homes, schools or universities.
    By Naser Issa Hidmi Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  11. Jerusalem under Nir Barkat: Three Dangerous Approaches to the City’s Future ( )
    Barkat's focus on running the city like a business to his own political benefit is a driving force behind the increased poverty and rising tensions among Jerusalem's diverse populations.
    By Laura Wharton Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  12. The Palestinian Christians Are Integral in the Palestinian National Movement ( )
    Contrary to portrayals in Western social media, Palestinian Christians and Muslims are united in resisting the Israeli occupation, which is the true cause of Christian emigration.
    By Manuel Hassassian Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  13. How to Live Together with the Clashing Narratives over the Holy Places ( )
    Living together with respect for both the Jewish and Muslim religious and historical narratives of the holy site is a pre-condition for a successful final negotiation; in the interim, we should return to the "status quo" of tacit understandings that prevailed between 1967 and 1996.
    By Yitzhak Reiter Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  14. The Israeli Curriculum and the Palestinian National Identity in Jerusalem ( )
    The Israeli occupation tried to force on the Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem its curriculum, which seeks to teach Palestinian children to accept, at the expense of their own national identity, religion and values, a Jewish state that views the Jews as superior to any other race or religion.
    By Musa Ismael Basit Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  15. Inclusive Security and Gender-Sensitive Planning in Jerusalem ( )
    Peace should be more than a formula for ending violence; it must include a plan for a new political order, based on human rights, equality and inclusion for all.
    By Eetta Prince-Gibson Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  16. The Palestinian National Theatre EL-Hakawati at Risk ( )
    Without local and international support, Jerusalem and the entire region could lose one of its most revered, respected and historically significant cultural institutions.
    By Samer Al-Saber Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  17. Under the Golden Dome ( )
    In the East Jerusalem village of Sur Baher, discriminatory practices that left residents dependent on Israeli health clinics have resulted in manipulation and tensions.
    By Eliezer Yaari Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  18. Walaja as a Microcosm of Jerusalem ( )
    The village of Walaja, at the southern edge of the area that Israel annexed to Jerusalem in 1967, is a bitter example of Israeli policies carried out across East Jerusalem
    By Aviv Tatarsky Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  19. Mapping the Complexity of Our Jerusalem; Story by Story ( )
    Envisioning Jewish and Palestinian children coming together to walk and talk their neighborhoods as the city's future leaders who will be able to see beyond a divided Jerusalem.
    By Samer Al-Saber Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  20. Roundtable
  21. Our Jerusalem ( )
    Omar Yousef, Dahlia Scheindlin, Khuloud Dajani, Yudith Oppenheimer, Riman Barakat and Eran Tzidkiyahu. Moderated by Hillel Schenker
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  22. Interview
  23. The Palestinian Reconciliation Train ( )

    By Eliezer Yaari Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  24. Viewpoint
  25. The Killing of Vittorio Arrigoni: A Result of the Unsustainable Situation in Gaza ( )
    The kidnapping and murder of an Italian activist illustrates the context in which Hamas has faced increased opposition from Salafi-Jihadi groups, which filled the vacuum left by Fateh's exile from Gaza in 2007.
    By Bjorn Brenner Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  26. Book Review
  27. The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer by James Dorsey, review by Alon Liel ( )

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  28. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  29. Almond Blossoms ( )

    By Jill Levenfeld Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  30. Jerusalem ( )

    By Azzam al-Ahmad Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  31. Jerusalem, City Of Prayer ( )

    By Bjorn Brenner Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  32. Take Me To Al-Qastal ( )

    By Naomi Shihab Nye Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  33. Grapes Of Peace / Inaab Salaam ( )

    By Hadassah Haskale Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  34. Poem to Jerusalem ( )

    By Naomi Shihab Nye Vol. 22 No. 4 2017
  35. Books and Publications Received
  36. Books and Publications Recently Received ( )

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