JERUSALEM HISTORY Archive

Beneath the streets of Jerusalem

By Gideon The City of David is considered one of Israel’s most important historical landmarks. It is also one of the country’s most complicated sites. Jewish organization uses the site’s archaeological findings to prove a continuous …

Husseini’s Legacy Still Looms Large

  Above: Husseini giving the “Heil Hitler” Salute to Bosnian Muslim volunteers to the notorious Waffen SS Handzar Division in November 1943. By Sarah Honig No one can accuse Israel’s Left of missing a beat. But the …

Letters to the Western Wall

By Gideon According to Judaism, the Divine Presence rests on the Western Wall more than other places. The Talmud teaches that all prayers ascend to heaven through Jerusalem. Writing a prayer on a piece of paper …

Madness or courage?

by Rivka Levy The day after two people were stabbed to death by the Lions’ Gate in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, my teenaged daughter asked me if she could go to the traditional …

Jerusalem Day

During the 1948 War of Independence, Jordanian forces overcame the small group of Jewish fighters who defended the Jewish Quarter in the Old City. Jewish women and children were let go. The Jewish men were …

How Jerusalem became the capital of Israel

By Gideon When King David came to power, the Israelites were a tiny nation of twelve on tribes, which were connected to each other by common language, common religion, common history, and intermarriage and commerce. …

Jerusalem – A City Under Siege

By Gideon Jerusalem is not the largest city, nor the richest one, but it is the most desired city in the world, if judged by the number of times it was attacked by enemy forces. “Jerusalem …