chapter  11
26 Pages


WithSamih K. Farsoun, Naseer H. Aruri

A whole mythology has been forged to convince the world that Jerusalem is the nerve center of the Jewish universe and Israel’s most important national symbol. The late prime minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin, who conquered the city in 1967 from the Jordanians, wanted to commemorate the earlier conquest of the city by David from the Jebusites. Although scholars are not certain when David’s conquest took place, year-long “Jerusalem 3000” celebrations were formally opened in September 1995, thus declaring 1996 an anniversary year, to celebrate Jewish “continuity” and to assert authenticity.