West Jerusalem

Blog Post Born in Jerusalem, Born Palestinian: A Memoir

A Palestinian who remained in West Jerusalem in 1948 recalls life there before and after the war. A book review.

Michel Hamarneh, born in Jerusalem in 1935, a character in the film My Jerusalem: Testimonial to life in Jerusalem before 1948 by Lubna Dajani
Video My Jerusalem: Testimonial to Life in Jerusalem before 1948

Jerusalemites born in the 1920s and 1930s recount their memories of growing up in Jerusalem and what they lost when they were forced to leave in 1948.

Interactive Map Jerusalem Divided by the Green Line (1949)

An interactive map of Jerusalem as divided by the Green Line of 1949

Interactive Map Israeli-Ruled West Jerusalem (1949–67) or “West Jerusalem”

An interactive map of Jerusalem in the period between the 1948 and 1967 Wars

Scene from the video “What Have I Forgotten to Tell You?” featuring Abla Dajani
Video “What Have I Forgotten to Tell You?” Featuring Abla Dajani

Palestinian Jerusalemite Abla Dajani pays a bittersweet visit to her family home in al-Baq‘a, West Jerusalem, which was seized by Israel in 1948 and given to Jewish ownership. 

Personal Story “These Are Our Homes”: Visiting West Jerusalem’s Neighborhoods with Mounir Kleibo

Mounir Kleibo, former ILO Special Representative, tells the story of his mother’s family home in Lower Baq‘a in today’s West Jerusalem.

Personal Story “These Are Our Homes”: Visiting West Jerusalem’s Neighborhoods with Huda Imam

Huda Imam is banned from entering the home her father built in Qatamon before 1948, but that does not stop her from standing outside it weekly.

Feature Story “These Are Our Homes”: Visiting West Jerusalem’s Neighborhoods with Ibrahim Matar

Ibrahim Matar has made it his mission to record the history of the Palestinian properties in West Jerusalem, as he recently shared with friends on a walk there.

Feature Story Palestinians Campaign against Proposed US Embassy Site on Stolen West Jerusalem Land

Palestinians have submitted documents to Israel that prove that they own the West Jerusalem site proposed for the US embassy.