The Three Architects Who Designed Modern Jerusalem

Although Jerusalem’s most famous structures are quite old, much of the city’s modern look was given it by three architects: Erich Mendelsohn (a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany), Austen St. Barbe Harrison (the official architect of the British Mandate), and Spyro Houris (a Greek Orthodox Arab). They are the subject of a new book, Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City, by Adina Hoffman, which she discusses here. (Interview by Sara Ivry; audio, 43 minutes.)

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By Restoring Funding to UNRWA, the U.S. Is Ensuring That the Israel-Palestinian Conflict Continues

Last week, the White House announced its plan to resume funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)—which had ceased in 2018—to the tune of $150 million per year. UNRWA, unlike the UN organization that cares for refugees from every other conflict the world over, does not seek to resettle its charges or to integrate them into the countries where they live, but instead keeps them and their descendants refugees in perpetuity. While the administration justified its decision as “a means to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” Einat Wilf argues that it will do nothing of the sort:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Two-State Solution, U.S. Foreign policy, UNRWA