Protecting Jerusalem's Holy Sites: A Strategy for Negotiating a Sacred Peace

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The holy sites in Jerusalem exist as objects of international veneration and sites of nationalist contest. They stand at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet surprisingly, the many efforts to promote peace, mostly by those outside the Middle East, have ignored the problem. This book seeks to address this omission by focusing upon proposals of development of a legal regime to protect the holy sites separable from the final peace negotiations to not only protect the holy sites but promote peace by removing these particularly volatile icons from the field of conflict. Peace and the protection of the holy sites cannot occur without the consent and cooperation of those on the ground. This book supports local involvement by developing a comprehensive plan for how to negotiate: outlining the relevant history, highlighting issues of import, and identifying effective strategies for promoting negotiation.

  • A concise history of the holy sites in Jerusalem
  • A concise list of the critical issues needed to protect the holy sites
  • A strategy for negotiation - applicable to any nationalist/religious conflict
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"...intention of the book is potential..."
—Michael Dumper, Department of Politics, University of Exeter, International of Middle East Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521866620
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Guinn is the Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute at the DePaul University College of Law. He is a moral, political and legal philosopher and lawyer with a broad and diverse range of scholarship. He has written extensively on issues of national and international religious freedom, pluralism, and law, writing, cowriting and/or editing a number of books including: Faith on Trial: Religious Freedom and the Theory of Deep Diversity (Lexington Books, 2002), Religion and Civil Discourse (Park Ridge Center, 1997) and Religion and Law in the Global Village (McGill 1999).

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Table of Contents

Project Staff     vii
Introduction     1
A Troubled History
Historical Perspectives: Recognition of the Holy Sites and the Emergence of the Status Quo - 70 c.e. to the 1967 War     21
Israeli Pohcy on the Holy Sites: 1967-2002     39
Solutions Offered for the Issue of the Holy Sites     71
Points of Contention - Opportunities for Change
The Multidimensional Problem     87
Principles to Praxis     93
Collaborative Structures/Confidence-Building Measures     107
Defining the Holy Sites     119
Politics and Administration: The Mechanics     145
Addressing Change - Negotiating Peace
Structuring the Negotiation: A Plan of Action     173
Conclusion     189
International Human Rights Law Institute: Principles Respecting the Holy Sites     191
List of Participants: Chicago Consultation of the Jerusalem Holy Sites Project     197
Bibliography     203
Annex. Protection of the Holy Places (No. 26), 5727-1967     217
Index     219
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