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Issue 63

JQ 63/64 ( 2015)

The Editorial

The Haram al-Sharif at the Eye of the Storm


The Jewish Agency’s Case Before the UNSCOP: Image and Discourse
Reecia Orzeck
“The problem with Israel,” Tony Judt wrote in a 2003 article in The New York Review of Books , is that it “arrived too late.” It has imported, he explains, “a characteristically late-nineteenth-century separatist project into a world that has moved on, a world of individual rights, open frontiers,...
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Unlikely Identities: Abu Ibrahim and the Politics of Possibility in Late Ottoman Palestine
Samuel Dolbee, Shay Hazkani
In May of 1911 an Ottoman deputy from Thessaloniki, Dimitar Vlahov, interjected himself in a parliamentary debate about Zionism in Palestine with a question: “Are Arab peasants opposed to the Jews?”2 Answering himself, he declared that there was no enmity between Arab and Jewish peasants since, in...
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Khalil al-Sakakini and Zionism before WWI
Emanuel Beska
Khalil al-Sakakini (1878-1953), a Rum Orthodox Christian, was born in Old Jerusalem in 1878.2 His father served as the mukhtar of the local Rum Orthodox community. Khalil al-Sakakini was one of the most influential and prominent Palestinian intellectuals of the first half of the twentieth century...
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Photographic Memories: The Field Hospital of Hafir-el-Auja and US- Ottoman Relations
Vicken V. Kalbian
At the outset of World War I, an American Red Cross mission set up a field hospital in Hafir-el-Auja, an oasis just on the Palestinian side of the border with Egypt. Its purpose was to care for casualties suffered by the Turkish military during their first assault on British troops entrenched...
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Zahir al-‘Umar and the First Autonomous Regime in Ottoman Palestine (1744-1775)
Ahmad Joudah
[These excerpts from Ahmad Joudah’s historical study of Zahir al-‘Umar, are taken from the second edition of his book Revolt in Palestine in the Eighteenth Century: The Era of Shaykh Zahir al-‘Umar (Gorgias Press 2014), and reprinted here by permission. The first (1987) edition was the first...
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Palestine Sports and Scouts: Factional Politics and the Maccabiad in the 1930s
Issam Khalidi
The period 1932-1936 witnessed remarkable cooperation between youth, scouting and sports movements in Mandate Palestine. The youth component was the common denominator among these three activities. Issa al-Sifri points out that a historian of the national movement needs to address the Palestinian...
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Between al-Khader and Nabi Rubeen: Religious Pilgrimage and Palestinian Shared Worlds of Meanings
Alex Shams
Outside the West Bank town of Bethlehem lies the small village of al-Khader, home to the Monastery of Saint George, the patron saint of Palestine. Every year, in May, hundreds of Christian and Muslim Palestinians converge on the area to take part in a festival celebrat- ing the life and memory of...
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Dangerous Grounds at al-Haram al-Sharif: The Threats to the Status Quo
Marian Houk
One of the most sacred sites on earth has become a place of episodic chaos and cacophony, a place where hatred and contempt are openly expressed, and where an unequal battle is being waged over incompatible claims. Spearheaded by “Temple Mount” groups, various Jewish “redemptionists” have mounted a...
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The Status of the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade
The International Crisis Group, Introduction and Critique by Mick Dumper
This is an impressive report. The lucidity in the structure, the clarity in expression and the formidable expertise demonstrated makes it one of the best in a continuing line of excellent studies on the Arab-Israeli conflict by ICG. The research behind the report is exceptional and the authors...
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Greater Jerusalem Access, Movement, and Restrictions in OCHA Maps
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Since the establishment of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affaire (UNOCHA) in 2002, the office took the responsibility of producing the Atlas for the occupied Palestinian territory. The fifth edition of the Humanitarian Atlas* aims to visualize and depict the...
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You WERE Here!
Salim Tamari
At the entrance of Jaffa’s Old Port, next to the old warehouses now converted into a series of harbour cafes, boutiques, and exhibition halls, the visitor is greeted with a trilingual “Jaffa Port Map”, a wall map guiding the tourist/visitor to the landmarks of the zone. Warehouse One. Warehouse Two...
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