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Closure and Access to Jerusalem

Jerusalem is known as an open, international, “city of peace.” For millions of Palestinians, however, it is a closed, virtually unreachable, city.

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The Separation Wall

Israel's Separation Wall, called al-jidar by Palestinians, has drastically reshaped the geopolitical fabric of Jerusalem.

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Land

In Jerusalem as in the rest of the country, land is the locus of the struggle for control. Here we explore the status of land in Jerusalem and its environs.

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Settlements

Israel has used Jewish settlement as a pivotal strategy to control, disrupt, and radically transform the Jerusalem geopolitical landscape.

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Who Are the Palestinians of Jerusalem?

Palestinians comprise nearly half the population of Jerusalem and have built, and shaped, the city for centuries, yet their stories are rarely told.

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Precarious Status

Most Palestinian Jerusalemites have a legal status that is unique in the world: Although they are indigenous, they are stateless.

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Blog Post Hakawati Husam Abu Eisheh: “The Heaviness of Jerusalem Makes Us Who We Are”

Palestinian storyteller Husam Abu Eisheh has dedicated his talents to creating theater in Jerusalem for decades, using humor as resistance. 

Blog Post From a Traumatized Teen to a Trauma Healer and Yogi: Ashira Ramadan’s Story

Traumatized and paralyzed as a teenager, an intrepid journalist found healing through holistic medicine and yoga.

Blog Post Creator of Long-Beloved Children’s Puppet among Hundreds Facing Expulsion in Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

Music educator and puppeteer Yacoub Abu Arafeh uses creative education to serve society and confront challenges, including those facing his own neighborhood, targeted for forcible expulsions. 

Bio Kamal Boullata

A renowned Jerusalemite artist and art historian who was exiled in 1967 and spent the rest of his life creating art that would convey, and lead him back to, the city of his birth

Who Are the Palestinians of Jerusalem?
Photo Album “Jerusalem Is Ahead of Me”: The Art of Kamal Boullata

A Jerusalem artist and art historian in exile whose work explored the beauty and pain of the Jerusalem he remembered

Bio Tawfiq Canaan

An epidemiologist, ethnographer, and institution builder who made foundational contributions to medicine and health care in Jerusalem and Palestine

Personal Story Recollections of an Old City Childhood in the Shadow of the Nakba

A well-to-do Jerusalem family was made refugees overnight in 1948; they lost everything but tenaciously remained in their city and gradually rebuilt.

The West Side Story
Personal Story Zakia Jabre Hajjar: “What I Had in Jerusalem Was Like a Treasure, a Precious Gift, and I Lost it”

A Palestinian Jerusalemite’s memories of growing up in Jerusalem before the Nakba, as shared with her daughter through letters in later years

Blog Post “I Wasn’t Born There; I Never Lived There, but I Was from There”

A Palestinian woman returns to Jerusalem to rediscover and reclaim her mother’s city for her.

Interview Palestinians’ Historic and Legal Rights to Palestinian Nationality

Palestinian Jerusalemites are indigenous natives who enjoyed full citizenship rights and whose international rights were profoundly violated when Israel denationalized them as it established its state. A conversation with international law expert Susan Akram.

Precarious Status
Graphic Ever More Precarious

The evolution of the legal status of Palestinians of Jerusalem, from the 19th century to today, with milestones of increasing precarity along the way