Nationalizing Jerusalem

The Holy City under Jordanian rule

Authored by: Kimberly Katz

Routledge Handbook on Jerusalem

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936935
eBook ISBN: 9781315676517
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Throughout the twentieth century, Jerusalem has been an object of desire for national entities seeking to establish symbolic and political control over the Holy City. The British Empire based its mandatory capital in Jerusalem. Zionists and Palestinians struggled for recognition in the city (and the rest of Palestine) during the British Mandate period (1920–1948). 1 Jerusalem was to be set up under a “Special International Regime” according to 1947 UN Resolution 181 that called for the Partition of Palestine, but Israeli and Jordanian Arab Legion forces fought fiercely over the city during the 1948 Palestine War. 2 That war also caused a refugee crisis for the indigenous Arab population, as Resolution 181 failed to create an Arab state.

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