By Nitza Rosovsky
In 1996 Jerusalem celebrated 3000 years because the biblical conquest through King David. That very occasion serves as a political assertion, marking the town as traditionally Jewish. town can't get away fiercely argued claims to primacy argued in non secular, political or historic phrases, not just among Israeli-Jew and Palestinian-Arab, yet among Islamic, Christian and Jewish traditions, and among secular and orthodox Jews. This scholarly quantity includes 18 stories, edited via Nitza Rosovsky, which technique the town from many alternative angles: via non secular spirituality, folks songs, literature, artwork, structure and politics. Rosovsky contributes an outstanding creation and of the reviews, together with a desirable account of the perceptions of nineteenth century tourists together with Mark Twain, Benjamin Disraeli and Herman Melville.
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The new Jewish neighborhoods were built west of the Old City, the Muslims lived to its north and south, and the Christians mostly to the southwest. This phenomenal growth was achieved with armed clashes in the background. In 1920, 1921, 1929, and especially in 1936-1939, Arab attacks on Jews, with moderate Jewish reprisals, resulted not only in heavy casualties on both sides but also in intensified separatist tendencies; mixed neighborhoods were deserted by minorities. 19 When the 1948 war broke out, Jerusalem was practically a divided city.
When the Ark is captured by the Philistines, "the glory of God departed from Israel" with it (4:22). Even when the Philistines return the Ark, seventy Israelites of Beth Shemesh are struck down by their contact with it. " N o one is safe in the presence of the Lord," the Beth Shemeshites astutely observe (6:19-20). The Ark, "which bore the name of the Lord of Hosts, who is enthroned upon the cherubim" (2 Samuel 6:2), next appears in the well-known story of David's transfer of it from Baalath-Judah to the new capital city of Jerusalem, and once again there is a mortal casualty from accidental contact with the Ark (2 Samuel 6-7).
The greatest efforts of the Jordanians were directed toward the capital, Amman. In spite of the influx of thousands of refugees during the 1948 war—20,000 Arabs from West Jerusalem alone went eastward—the Eastern part of Jerusalem hardly grew. In 1946 there were 46,000 Arabs in Jerusalem, and fifteen years later only 51,000. Not only did the refugees move onward, mostly to the East Bank but to other Arab countries as well, but the local Jerusalemite population also migrated in large numbers. The Christian communities, being better educated and thus better candidates for immigration, dwindled from 32,000 in 1946 to a mere 12,000 in 1961.
City of the Great King: Jerusalem from David to the Present by Nitza Rosovsky