Frontier Jerusalem: Blurred separation and uneasy coexistence in a divided city

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Busbridge, Rachel. (2014). Frontier Jerusalem: Blurred separation and uneasy coexistence in a divided city. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology. 121(1), pp. 76 - 100. https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513614526156
AuthorsBusbridge, Rachel
Abstract

In this essay, I explore the city of Jerusalem, which not only lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but is inextricably shaped by its developments. Nominally unified under Israeli sovereignty, Jerusalem nevertheless remains starkly divided between an Israeli west and an occupied Palestinian east and is best understood as a frontier city characterized by long-simmering tensions and quotidian conflict. With its future tied to the future of the conflict, Jerusalem remains caught between two options: the almost global preference for the city’s repartition in accordance with a ‘two-state solution’ and the Israeli desire to maintain the status quo. A closer look at contemporary Jerusalem, however, reveals the untenability of both options. In this essay, I seek to document how the reality of Israeli-Palestinian division sits alongside a dynamic of blurred separation in the city, which has forged an uneasy coexistence of sorts. Re-thinking the frontier as a site of both conflict and coexistence, I argue, is key to imagining future possibilities for the city that do not rest on the desire for ethnically-pure spaces, but are rather guided by a politics of co-presence that recognizes the impossibility of disentangling Arab and Jewish histories, memories and connections to the city.

KeywordsDivided cities; frontier; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Jerusalem; settler colonialism
Year2014
JournalThesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology
Journal citation121 (1), pp. 76 - 100
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0725-5136
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513614526156
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84899545476
Page range76 - 100
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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