For the “New York Times,” Preserving Jerusalem Is Consistent with Eradicating Its Jewish Presence

Oct. 23 2019

Writing in the New York Times, the architecture critic Michael Kimmelman stated that “modern Jerusalem was spared Disneyfication, first by the highborn culture of British colonialism . . . and next by Jordanian paralysis, which froze the Old City as if in amber.” But, contrary to what Kimmelman asserts, Jordan’s occupation of the city from 1948 to 1967 was anything but paralytic, including as it did the systematic destruction of synagogues and cemeteries, not to mention the expulsion of Jews. Meir Soloveichik writes:

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More about: Jerusalem, Jordan, New York Times

Israeli Sovereignty Would Free Residents of the West Bank from Ottoman Law

To its opponents, the change in the legal status of certain areas of Judea and Samaria is “annexation;” to its proponents, it is the “extension of sovereignty” or the “application of Israeli law.” Naomi Khan argues that the last term best captures the practical implications of the measures in question. Since the Six-Day War, the Jewish state has continued to uphold the Ottoman legal system in areas of the West Bank under its jurisdiction—despite the fact that the Ottoman empire ceased to exist in 1922; “annexation” would end this situation. Setting aside the usual questions of foreign policy, security, and the possibility of Palestinian statehood, Khan argues that this change would be the one most felt by those who live there:

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More about: Annexation, Israeli law, Ottoman Empire, Palestinian Authority, West Bank