By Simone Ricca

The Jewish area of Jerusalem this day sounds like an natural fusion of a contemporary Israeli urban with an historic Jewish background. even though, as Simone Ricca information during this attention-grabbing publication, the aesthetics of the Jewish area have been intentionally deliberate and performed by means of Israel after it used to be occupied in the course of the 1967 struggle. Secular-nationalist in addition to spiritual politicians agreed that it's going to be became in to the capital of the Jewish state, and that it may be excavated and constructed in this sort of approach as to create a feeling of continuity with the Jewish people's ancient claims to the land. Zionist ideology used to be hence translated in to bricks and mortar as sleek civic facilities have been built round ancient websites, reminiscent of the Wailing Wall and the Hurva Synagogue. Ricca examines the politics of history conservation, and exhibits that the outdated City's reconstruction didn't quite a bit safeguard the earlier as inscribe an identification directly to the longer term.

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The non-Zionist stand of many religious Jews deeply hurt the men who fought in the city. Vague echoes of this 37 REINVENTING JERUSALEM polemic surface periodically in articles and books, but the standard and commonly accepted version of events avoids reference to any fracture within Jewish society – inside or outside the city walls. Jerusalem’s Jewish community is commonly portrayed as united and with a Zionist national consciousness. From a book review in the Jerusalem Post, however, we learn that in the Jewish Quarter under siege life: wasn’t all heroics and the writer, honest, gives us an occasional glimpse of that [sic] old inhabitants, the cellar-dwellers, who had to be alternatively cajoled and threatened to send a few of their number to help transfer a [sic] wounded or bury the dead and who had sometimes to be forcibly prevented from raising the white flag.

Despite the enormous efforts of the colonizing institutions, most Jewish immigrants arriving in Palestine settled in neither the countryside nor the kibbutz, but rather in the existing cities. 12 For the thousands of new Jewish immigrants who moved to Palestine, thriving Tel Aviv, the ‘first Jewish City’, quickly became more attractive than old, traditional and poorer Jerusalem. Though these newcomers were not necessarily secular, they could not easily relate to the religious values of the conservative Jewish community then residing in Jerusalem.

The will to ‘create’ Jewish heritage in the Old City of Jerusalem, to ‘invent’ a Jewish city, was what made the demolitions necessary; it was how the Jewish Quarter could be transformed into a townscape reflecting the nationalist discourse of Zionism. Indeed, it should not be forgotten that: ‘The relationship between nationalism and national heritage is obviously intimate but whether as a cause or effect is much more difficult to disentangle. ’51 35 REINVENTING JERUSALEM Even so, the planners needed and sought intellectual support and justification for their demolition/reconstruction plan.

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