Paul Freedman on the Antiquity of East Jerusalem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 02.12.09 | 17:13 (IST)

    No one is disputing the role East Jerusalem antiquites has and does play in Jewish history but that is not the only history. There are strata that go back long before the Judean history in the city. The Islamic period is also rich and plentiful in the city which is also held sacred in Islamic tradition. No religion or ethnic group holds complete possession of its history. Further, those Jews who fled or were expelled from the Old City's Jewish Qt in the 1948 War took over neighbourhoods in West Jerusalem from which Palestinians had fled or were expelled, ie; Talbieh, Katamon and the Greek Colony. East Jerusalem has been annexed by Israel and that annexation is not recognised by any nation. It is the capital of Palestine and the attempts by Israel to judaise the entire metropolitan area (already expanded from the municipal)hence blotting out any reference to its Arab past is to be resisted. This courageous move by the EU will help establish its own identity.

    from the article: EU envoys: Israel trying to sever East Jerusalem from West Bank
    First published 01:12 02.12.09 | Last updated 13:46 02.12.09
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