Terminology in the Jerusalem context can be complex and also controversial. Words and their meanings shape narratives. Our Lexicon goes beyond standard definitions and also offers, where applicable, nuanced shades of meanings that matter to Palestinian Jerusalemites.


A spice blend made of dried herbs, often thyme or marjoram, with sumac and roasted sesame seeds

Zion Gate

The English name for one of the seven open gates in the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. See also Bab Haret al-Yahud

See The Gates of the Old City for more detailed information and other names for this gate.