The Spatial Construction of Identity and Difference in a City of Myth, 1948-2012
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Syracuse University Press
Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author, Quote
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This book was inspired by many friends, mentors, colleagues, and teachers in the United States and Palestine/Israel. First, let me thank those in Jerusalem and throughout Palestine/Israel who made this project possible through their generosity, hospitality, and solidarity. Some of them must...
1. Jerusalem, a Colonial City under Construction
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In 2004, in a festive ceremony, Israeli authorities broke ground on the Museum of Tolerance (MOTJ) in Jerusalem. The $100-million initiative is sponsored by the Los Angeles–based Simon Wiesenthal Center and is supported by funds raised internationally. This enormous cultural project...
2. Diverse Absences
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Salma remembers the day the Zionist underground bombed Jerusalem’s King David Hotel in the summer of 1946. From the front steps of her family’s home in the then Palestinian neighborhood of Talbieh, she and her cousin observed the explosion across British colonial Jerusalem’s
3. Myths, Memorials, and Monuments in the Jerusalem of Israel's Imagination
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Jerusalem is a place where space, memory, and historical invention have intersected in formidable ways over several centuries. Indeed, this most symbolic of cities has, in crucial respects, come into existence through the discourses, memories, and myths that describe it. Today, both Palestinians...
4. Arabs Out of Place
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Every year in Jerusalem since the advent of Israel’s military occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, the Jewish state has organized festive national rituals that celebrate the city’s “liberation” and “reunification.” When the occasion takes the form of a parade, as it does each spring on Jerusalem Day...
5. National Boundaries, Colonized Spaces
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In the early hours of May 4, 1998, the night marking the fiftieth anniversary of Israel’s establishment, a bomb was detonated in Musrara, a West Jerusalem neighborhood comprised overwhelmingly of Israeli Jews. Homemade explosives in a shopping bag were stealthily placed outside the...
6. Appropriate Places
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In Nadine Gordimer’s novella Something Out There, a mysterious scourge terrorizes the white South African suburbs of Johannesburg. Residents live in fear as a spate of sightings of a nebulous creature are reported across apartheid’s landscape of disquiet. The “security services” are marshaled to...
7. Up from the Ruins?
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While walking the contemporary urban landscape of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, from realms poor to privileged, I would occasionally come across peculiar mounds of ruin. These piles of crushed concrete, broken bricks, and twisted iron were usually the remains of hundreds of...
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About the Authors, Back Cover
Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 16 black and white illustrations
Publication Year: 2014