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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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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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The Separation Wall

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

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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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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

Backgrounder The Destruction of Jerusalem’s Moroccan Quarter: From Centuries-Old Maghrebi Community to Western Wall Prayer Plaza

How Israel razed an 800-year-old historic Muslim neighborhood in the dead of night within hours of occupying East Jerusalem

Bio Nazmi Jubeh

A historian, archeologist, and expert on Palestinian cultural heritage and its preservation, with special expertise on Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron

Interview Rereading Jerusalem’s History

Palestinian Jerusalemites view the history of their city through a different lens. A conversation with Palestinian historian Nazmi Jubeh.

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 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

Personal Story The End of Arab Qatamon—A Memoir

A vivid memoir attesting to what it was like to live through the violent transformation of the New City of Jerusalem into West Jerusalem in 1947–48

Graphic Hand-drawn Map of Qatamon

Who lived in the New City Palestinian neighborhood of Qatamon, which ceased to exist as such after 1948?

Photo Glorifying Conquest

An Israeli street sign in Qatamon in West Jerusalem, formerly a Palestinian neighborhood, demonstrates that the past is very much still present. 

Backgrounder The History of Israeli Settlement Expansion in and around East Jerusalem from 1967 to 1993

From 1967 to 1993, successive Israeli governments laid the foundations for an expanding settlement enterprise to Judaize Jerusalem and its surroundings.

Video What Does the Israel Land Fund Do for Jews? Director Arieh King Explains

The founder and director of the Israel Land Fund, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Arieh King, describes the fund’s goals in his own very explicit and unequivocal words.

Video Checkpoint 300: The Torturous Commute of the Palestinian Worker Entering Israel from the West Bank

The agony and dehumanizing experience of the “morning commute” for Palestinians who hold Palestinian Authority (PA) ID cards and must enter Israel to feed their families.

Blog Post Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Plugs New Plan to Reduce the Number of Non-Jews in the Country

“The idea is to encourage non-Jews to relocate outside the borders of our country.”

Photo Grinding Corn

A scene from daily life in Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century

Short Take The Sakakini House: Tracing Israel’s Bureaucracy of Collective Confiscation through One Treasured Home

“All we talk about is the house”—A timeline showing how a Palestinian home in what became West Jerusalem was confiscated and passed to Jewish ownership and its origins erased

Backgrounder Land Settlement and Registration in East Jerusalem

Israel froze modern LSR in East Jerusalem in 1967. In 2018, it reversed this policy in an open attempt to strengthen its sovereignty over the contested area.

Backgrounder The Complex and Unresolved Status of Land in East Jerusalem

An overview of the labyrinthine status of land in East Jerusalem and its implications

Legal Brief The Legal Implications of Land Registration Procedures Implemented by Israel in East Jerusalem

A legal analysis of the legality and likely motivation behind Israel’s resumption of land registration procedures since 2018