Al Jib and the Wall

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 20.06.2008:

Why Are Those Men in Black Camping Near the Wall?

Penny Johnson

Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 33 Winter edition, 2007

An Israeli ‘archeological dig’ along the path of the wall in al-Jib in the West Bank. Al-Jib is the site of 7th-8th century wine cellars and has been identified as the Biblical ‘Gibeo(...)

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Hebron: Rehabilitation and Reuse of Residential Buildings in the Old City

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 11.04.2008:

By Hebron Rehabilitation Committee

The old city of Hebron was originally built for residential purposes. The architectural structure of the city was designed to fulfil the needs and match the lifestyle of residents in a manner compatible with their traditions and social customs. In addition to residential buildings that make up most of the old city, there are public-service buildings s(...)

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Un-inventing the Bab al-Khalil tombs

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 11.01.2008:

Between the magic of legend and historical fact

Yusef Said al-Natsheh

Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 22/23

This essay is part of an ongoing series of reviews of Jerusalem’s cemeteries.

The city of Jerusalem holds a prominent position in Islamic dogma and belief. While a thorough examination of the city’s standing is beyond the scope of this article, it is worth n(...)

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The Wall in Jerusalem: “Military Conquest by Architectural Means”

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 19.12.2007:

Ray Dolphin

Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 26

Spring 2006

During the night of 31 July, 2003, the Israeli Border Police descended on Nu’man on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem. The Border Police went from house to house in the Palestinian community–little more than a hamlet of 200 persons–and rounded up 19 of the males. Despite the show of force, and the fact that thi(...)

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Al-Manara Square: Monumental Architecture and Power

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 19.12.2007:

Adania Shibli

Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 26

Spring 2006

This essay addresses one of Palestine’s renowned public spaces, Ramallah’s al-Manara Square. It examines the role of the square in developing the spatial practices of Ramallah area inhabitants, including visitors from neighbouring villages and cities. Moreover, it seeks to analyze the various dimensions of al-(...)

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The Israeli ‘Place’ in East Jerusalem

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 18.12.2007:

How Israeli architects appropriated the Palestinian aesthetic after the ’67 War

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan


The Jerusalem Quarterly

Summer 2006

Issue 27

How does new territorial control become inexorable fact? 1 How does such fact, based on confiscated land, turn into “a national home”? How does this ‘home’ embody the Israeli ‘place’ even as Palestin(...)

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Architecture of Dependency: Senan Abdelqader

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 06.12.2007:

Architect Senan Abdelqader’s proposal for the seventh architectural biennale in Sao Paulo, “Architecture of Dependency,” questions urban inequity in the development of Palestinian living space. By presenting a new museum for Umelfahem as a discussion crossroads, the proposal signifies for the Palestinian community a necessary existential path from the private to the public. Since the Sao Paul(...)

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The Politics and Poetics of Place: The Baramki House

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.11.2007:

Thomas Abowd


Jerusalem Quarterly

Institute of Jerusalem Studies

Issue 21

August 2004

In Jerusalem, memory, colonizing power, and historical invention have interacted in myriad ways through successive waves of foreign domination. As the primary site of contest and confrontation(...)

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Architecture in Ramallah

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

By Architect Usama Sakakini

If any of us remember the city of Ramallah in the 1970s and 1980s, we can see the dramatic transformation that it has gone through in terms of growth and construction. Ramallah was well-known for its good weather in summer, which gave it the privilege of becoming known as “Palestine’s Summer Resort.” Even people from the Gulf used to visit often before the 1(...)

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Sammara Public Baths

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.12.2006:

Hammat al-Sammara/Hammam es-Samara / By Laila El-Haddad

In Gaza, where the first recorded human settlements date back more than 6,000 years, there is a little bit of history in every corner.

Such is the case with Hammam es-Samara.

Tucked inconspicuously away in the Zeitun quarter of Gaza’s old city, 3 metres below street level, the ancient public bath continues to welcome(...)

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