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Contesting Symbolic Landscape in Jerusalem: Jewish/Islamic Conflict Over the Museum of Tolerance at Mamilla Cemetery

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by Yitzhak Reiter

    • Author

      Yitzhak Reiter

    • Book Format

      Hardback

    • Publisher

      Sussex Academic Press

    • Published

      July 2014

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      Contesting Symbolic Landscape in Jerusalem: Jewish/Islamic Conflict Over the Museum of Tolerance at Mamilla Cemetery

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      In 2006 a dispute broke out regarding an initiative by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles (backed by Israeli authorities) to construct a Museum of Tolerance (MoT) in West Jerusalem. The museum was to be built on a plot of land that in the past had been part of the historic Muslim Mamilla Cemetery, which since the 1980s has served as a municipal parking lot. Debate centred on whether construction of a museum dedicated to human dignity on Muslim cemeterial land was justified. The Northern Islamic Movement and a group of 70 academics and eight Israeli civil society organizations (including rabbis) opposed the project, but their petition to Israel's High Court of Justice failed. Yitzhak Reiter presents the public and legal dilemmas at the individual level (an act of insensitivity to the Muslim minority in Jerusalem); at the political level (the right of equal treatment by the state and the right to administer holy properties waqf] according to religious law and rulings of shari'a Islamic law] courts); and at the universal level (can conflict over a holy place be addressed objectively from the ideological/political positions that the place symbolizes, and is a secular civil court competent/appropriate to adjudicate a religious conflict). Research for this book integrates a multi-disciplinary approach involving history, identity politics, and conflict resolution. Sources include documents obtained from the Shari'a Court of Jerusalem and Israel's High Court of Justice, as well as Islamic law and Israeli civil law literature, reports of experts submitted to the courts, and personal participation of the author, including discussions with key players and informants. The Mamilla dispute reflects a microcosm of conflicts over religious and national symbols of cultural heritage as well as Jewish majority-Arab minority tensions within Israel.

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      • Author

        Yitzhak Reiter

      • Book Format

        Hardback

      • Publisher

        Sussex Academic Press

      • Published

        July 2014

      • Weight

        409g

      • Dimensions

        153 x 229 x 18 mm

      • ISBN

        9781845196554

      • ISBN-10

        1845196554

      • Eden Code

        4704635

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      • Author/Creator: Yitzhak Reiter

      • ISBN: 9781845196554

      • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press

      • Release Date: July 2014

      • Weight: 409g

      • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 18 mm

      • Eden Code: 4704635


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