Israel Declares Jerusalem Its Capital

On this date in 1950, Israel’s Knesset (pictured at its temporary location) declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel — defying the UN’s partition resolution of November 29, 1947, which had envisioned the city as a “corpus separatum [separated body] under a special international regime [to] be administered by the United Nations.” The Israeli declaration […]

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Quick Takes: On Jerusalem, Trump Plays to His Base . . .

WHILE THREATENING PEACE AND UNDERMINING ZIONISM by Ralph Seliger   THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a typical Trump move, pleasing his strongest supporters while doing nothing concretely positive. He’s winning kudos from Evangelical Christians and hard-right Zionists, including, most importantly, Sheldon Adelson, who backed his presidential campaign to the tune […]

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On Tisha B’Av and the Danger of Jewish Zealotry

by Maya Haber   WITH THE ARRIVAL of Tisha B’Av, we ponder the destruction of the ancient Temples and this year give thanks that Armageddon was recently averted — though just barely. On July 14, three terrorists, Arab citizens of Israel, launched an attack at the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary complex in East Jerusalem, killing two Israeli […]

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On Art as Resistance

IN ISRAEL AND THE U.S. by Liya Rechtman WHAT DOES IT MEAN to protest when no one is listening? Or when our act of protest is portrayed as running counter to the “will of the people”? As I sit in Jerusalem watching the age of Trump unfold, it can feel like the walls are closing in. Here […]

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Is the Israeli Occupation Moving Towards Apartheid?

by Allan C. Brownfeld Discussed in this essay: Apartheid In Palestine, edited by Ghada Ageel. University of Alberta Press, 263 pages, 2016. ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has come under increased scrutiny since December, when the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement building. The Obama administration chose to […]

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August 11: More Settlements

Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel announced on this date in 2013 that 1,187 new housing units would be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. His move was denounced by Meretz MK Zehava Galon as an effort “by the [Israeli] government . . . to assassinate the political negotiations” with the Palestinians, […]

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The View from East Jerusalem

by Hillel Schenker Reprinted with the author’s permission from the Times of Israel A TERRIBLE DAY IN JERUSALEM. The vicious, tragic, early morning terrorist attack against Orthodox Jews during the morning prayer at the Har Nof Synagogue in West Jerusalem set the stage for another very sad and deadly day in the spiral of violence […]

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Bruce H. Bernstein: A “Listening Tour,” #9

It’s 6am Saturday morning here in Jaffa (Yafo in Hebrew), our last day, but I’m writing about yesterday, 11/11/11. I did not know that those numbers had special significance. Restaurants were jammed with people celebrating, and we passed many weddings in the Arab sections. We started the day with breakfast at the Haddad Hotel in […]

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January 23: Jerusalem as Capital City

On this date in 1950, Israel’s first Knesset declared Jerusalem to be the the capital of Israel — defying Jordan’s annexation of East Jerusalem in 1949 as well as the United Nations’ partition resolution of November 29, 1947, which had envisioned the city under UN administration. “We see fit to state,” Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion had […]

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