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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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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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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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Video Salal: A Message from Jerusalem, about Jerusalem

A stunning live performance work created by Douban Professional Dance that shows how Jerusalem has benefited from its diversity, and how diversity shapes Jerusalemites’ identity still.

Blog Post Entranced by Dance, a Jerusalem Teen Founded a Professional Dance Troupe to Empower Others

A Jerusalem teen who was intoxicated with dance and its transformative capacities made it his mission to help Palestinian children soar; today they are Douban Professional Dance.

Graphic Palestinians in the Jerusalem Municipality

A quick visual overview of the demographic breakdown of Palestinians whom Israel counts as being resident inside the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, based on Israeli data

Video Little Jerusalem

What is it like to be exiled from the city of your birth? A Palestinian Jerusalemite shares his feelings. 

Photo Album “Present Absentees” Look Back: A Jerusalemite Family’s Journey from West to East, 1930–2021

A photo album depicting the story of the Sabella family, part of the Jerusalem elite, before and after the 1948 War

Photo Essay Soup for All: A Centuries-Old Tradition of Community Care

Palestinian photographer Muath al-Khatib visits a community kitchen that warms his heart as part of our series on Jerusalemites’ favorite places in the city.

 

Who Are the Palestinians of Jerusalem?
Video Revisiting My Favorite Childhood Place

Award-winning Palestinian filmmaker and producer Ihab Jadallah revisits his favorite childhood place as part of our series on Jerusalemites’ favorite places in the city.

 

Personal Story The Day of the Long Night

A Palestinian Jerusalemite remembers his childhood and its terrifying end in the New City neighborhood of Qatamon. An eyewitness testimony to the violent end of the New City.

Video Deir Yasin Village and Massacre

A firsthand recounting and reconstruction of a landmark trauma in Palestinian and Jerusalem history, the Deir Yasin massacre of April 9, 1948

The Separation Wall
Graphic Fragmented and Asphyxiated

How the Separation Wall dismantles Palestinian Jerusalem

Backgrounder Al-Jidar: An Instrument of Fragmentation

Twenty years on, Israel’s Separation Wall has wholly reconfigured the geopolitical fabric of Jerusalem and its hinterland, shattering Palestinian communities, families, and lives.

Bio Jumana El Husseini

A Jerusalem artist in exile whose predominant themes revolved around depicting the city of her birth

Blog Post The Origins of an Iconic Jerusalem Art Form: Armenian Ceramics

We review the book Feast of Ashes, by Sato Moughalian, which chronicles the fascinating origins of the Armenian ceramic tradition in Jerusalem, first introduced there by the author’s grandfather, a refugee from the Armenian genocide, and today an integral part of Palestinian culture in the city. 

Blog Post An Israeli Prime Minister Now Lives in the Villa Salameh in West Jerusalem

Yair Lapid, Israel’s 14th prime minister, controversially moved into Villa Salameh in Talbiyya, the former home of exiled Arab Jerusalemite businessman Hanna Salameh.

Bio Maha Abu Dayyeh

A feminist activist and leader who worked to protect and promote the legal, social, and political rights of women locally and worldwide

Video Salal: A Message from Jerusalem, about Jerusalem

A stunning live performance work created by Douban Professional Dance that shows how Jerusalem has benefited from its diversity, and how diversity shapes Jerusalemites’ identity still.

Blog Post Entranced by Dance, a Jerusalem Teen Founded a Professional Dance Troupe to Empower Others

A Jerusalem teen who was intoxicated with dance and its transformative capacities made it his mission to help Palestinian children soar; today they are Douban Professional Dance.

Personal Story The Day of the Long Night

A Palestinian Jerusalemite remembers his childhood and its terrifying end in the New City neighborhood of Qatamon. An eyewitness testimony to the violent end of the New City.

Graphic Unrepresented

Who represents Palestinians in Jerusalem?

Bio Hussein al-Khalidi

A physician and politician from Jerusalem who played a central role in the Palestinian nationalist movement and left a copious record of it all.