Jerusalem Story - The City Retold

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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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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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Spiritual and Religious Life

For centuries, Jerusalem has been holy to the three monotheistic religions. What are the realities facing those who wish to worship in this treasured holy space today?

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Blog Post Life, Interrupted: One Palestinian Family’s Struggles in Wartime Jerusalem

How challenges are accumulating to a boiling point, leading a Jerusalemite family to question its future

 

Photo Essay The Gates of the Old City

A quick guide to the often-confusing gates to the Old City of Jerusalem

Video The Khalidi Library and the Family That Founded It: Knowledge, Place, and Time

The Khalidi Library, founded and maintained by the Khalidis, a Jerusalemite family with centuries of history in the city, is a local treasure.

Bio Yusuf Diya’ al-Khalidi

A prominent Ottoman politician who served as mayor of Jerusalem and Jerusalem representative and was a prolific writer, talented linguist, and scholar

Bio Khalil Raad

A prolific photographer whose body of work documented daily life in Jerusalem over six decades

Who Are the Palestinians of Jerusalem?
Photo Album Khalil Raad’s Lens: Scenes from Pre-Nakba Palestine

Khalil Raad’s photographs captured Palestinian tradition, resilience, and history before and after the Nakba.

Video Kufr ‘Aqab: A Neighborhood in Jerusalem

What happens when a city walls off a densely populated neighborhood and then abandons it?

Case Study The Ghettoization of Kufr ‘Aqab

The Separation Wall and municipal neglect have transformed the Palestinian village of Kufr ‘Aqab into an overcrowded, dangerous urban ghetto slum.

Video Kalandia: A Checkpoint Story

A seven-year chronicle of the surreal world of Qalandiya checkpoint and all its everyday humiliations, indignities, and absurdities

The Separation Wall
Video Kindergarten in the Grip of the Wall

Grace under duress: How one kindergarten managed to adapt when Israel’s Separation Wall was routed right through its playground.

Graphic Jerusalem’s “Invisible Palestinian Children”

An extreme shortage of classrooms and schools for Palestinian children, and a severe problem of overcrowding in schools that do exist, have led to a shocking situation in the city. 

Blog Post Israel to Renovate the Rockefeller Museum—Will Its Palestinian History Finally Be Acknowledged?

Israel mulls options for the Rockefeller Museum, housed in a historic Palestinian building. But the museum makes no public acknowledgment of the building’s Palestinian history.

Feature Story Israeli Government Pumping Millions into Rebranding the Holy Basin, Erasing Palestinian Heritage

Israel is spending millions on a Judeo-centric “Jerusalem Heritage” program for the Holy Basin.

Feature Story Controversial Cable Car Project Sparks Outcry as City Orders Land Expropriation from Silwan Residents

The city notifies Silwan residents of its planned confiscation of private lands as cable car project gets underway.

Blog Post Jerusalem Pulse: Recent Research Roundup

Your portal into recent research and publications related to Palestinians of Jerusalem

Blog Post Longing for Pre-War Jerusalem

Will Jerusalem ever be the same as it was?

Feature Story Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, “Guardian of the Pulpit” of al-Aqsa Mosque, Targeted by Extremist Israeli Groups

Israeli extremists agitate for arrest, even assassination, of a beloved al-Aqsa Mosque preacher.

Feature Story Under the Cover of War, Israel Charges Ahead with Severing East Jerusalem from the West Bank through Settlements

Israel’s most recent settlement proposal in East Jerusalem would further cut off the city from the remainder of the West Bank.

Blog Post Life, Interrupted: One Palestinian Family’s Struggles in Wartime Jerusalem

How challenges are accumulating to a boiling point, leading a Jerusalemite family to question its future