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Issue 62

JQ 62 (Spring 2015)

The Editorial

Five Decades of Marginalization of Arab Jerusalem


Jerusalem: Five Decades of Subjection and Marginalization
Nazmi Ju'beh
Successive bloody incidents occurred in Jerusalem during the first half of 2014 that surprised and shocked observers on both sides of the “Green Line,” especially since the general conviction prevailing amongst them was that “the issue of Jerusalem is over”; that the occupation had succeeded in...
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Musrara, the Center of the World
Paola Caridi
Michel looks at them, high up behind the wall that surrounds a four-story white building, and his eyes begin to wander, thirsty, trying to recognize the little that remains from his distant childhood.2 They are ancient eyes, Michel’s, folded under the weight of an eighty-year-old man. He is already...
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Inter-Arab Rivalry and the All-Palestine Government of 1948
Johanna Caldwell
On 30 September 1948, an assembly of Palestinian political leaders met in Egypt- controlled Gaza to declare a Palestinian state. The assembly elected a president and voted on a number of resolutions naming Jerusalem as the capital, using the flag from the 1916 Arab revolt, and adopting a...
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King Herod in Jerusalem: The Politics of Cultural Heritage
Katharina Galor
From his own time to the present day, King Herod the Great (74/73 BCE–4 BCE) has been celebrated as one of the greatest builders of the ancient world. Depictions of his character have been less favorable. Not so popular with his own subjects, and rather negatively profiled in Josephus and the...
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An Archaeologist in al-Tira
Raja Shehadeh
Walking through the hills around Ramallah, where I live, I have often come upon archeological ruins and remnants: Byzantine tombs, Ottoman olive presses, pottery shards. They lie there, scattered among stone walls and olive trees, unmarked and unstudied. I often wondered, with no small degree of...
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The Oil Press Complex of Khirbat al-Tira
Salah Hussein Al-Houdalieh
Khirbat al-Tira lies nearly 1.5 kilometers west of the historic core of Ramallah and approximately 16 kilometers northwest of Jerusalem (Figure 1). It is situated just beside the Ramallah Women’s Training Centre, a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) facility, in proximity to the Saint...
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I Went to Defend Jerusalem in Cordoba, Memoirs of a Palestinian Communist in the Spanish International Brigades
Najati Sidqi
Editors’ Note: Najati Sidqi (1905–1979) was a leading figure in Arab and Palestinian communism. A leader of the trade union movement in Palestine during the 1920s and 1930s, he represented the Palestine Communist Party in the Comintern and was one of the very few Arab socialists – despite his...
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An Indian Corner in Jerusalem
Reviewed by Penny Johnson
“You are in India now,” said Nazeer Ansari as he welcomed Navtej Sarna, India’s ambassador to Israel, to the Indian Hospice just inside Herod’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Indian flag flutters over the entrance, and as tea is served in the lemon- scented courtyard and Sarna talks with Nazeer’...
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Documents and Source Material

Jerusalem Statistical Yearbook, 2015: Summary
Editors’ Note: The first in a new document series in Jerusalem Quarterly is a summary statistical profile of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem governorate from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS); JQ thanks PCBS for providing this key document to JQ readers.
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