1st Edition

Governance and Security in Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

ISBN 9781138666689
Published October 5, 2017 by Routledge
360 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Governance and Security in Jerusalem is the second in a series of three books which collectively present in detail the work of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, or JOCI, a major Canadian-led Track Two diplomatic effort, undertaken between 2003 and 2014. The aim of the Initiative was to find sustainable governance solutions for the Old City of Jerusalem, arguably the most sensitive and intractable of the final status issues dividing Palestinians and Israelis.

This book presents a collection of studies commissioned by the Initiative in aid of its work on the Special Regime. It is split into three parts, Part I provides background papers on governance and security issues; Part II presents Palestinian and Israeli partner perspectives on governance options for a special regime, and the Part III delivers partner perspectives on security studies for a special regime. The studies written by the Israeli and Palestinian partners provide important background and historical context for JOCI's work on security and governance. The position papers, presented in their original form, greatly influenced the development of the Special Regime governance model.

Offering a unique insight on a range of governance and security issues in Jerusalem, this book will be of great significance to the policy-making community and students and scholars with an interest in Middle East politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Middle East peace process.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Tom Najem Part I: Background and Context to Governance and Security 1 Socio-Economic Conditions in the Old City of Jerusalem - Rassem Khamaisi and Joseph B. Glass

2 Conflict Resolution in the Old City, Past and Future - Nazmi al-Jubeh and Daniel Seidemann 3 Mapping Factors of Stabilization and Destabilization in the Old City - Nazmi al-Jubeh and Daniel Seidemann Part II: Governance Options for a Special Regime 4 Old City Governance - Hiba Husseini and Al-Mustakbal Foundation 5 A Plan for Governance in a Special Regime in Jerusalem - Gilead Sher with Jonathan Gillis and Naomi Vestfrid 6 The Legal Parameters of the Old City of Jerusalem Special Regime - Gilead Sher with Johnathan Gillis and Amir Kadari 7 The Legal Framework for a Special Regime: The Old City of Jerusalem - Mazen Qupty 8 Dispute Resolution in the Old City - Timothy Donais 9 The Jerusalem Old City Initiative: The Adjudicatory Regime and Dispute Resolution Mechanism - Gilead Sher Part III: Security Studies for a Special Regime 10 Jerusalem Security Principles: The Old City - Issa Kassissieh and Nazmi al-Jubeh 11 Security Arrangements in the Old City of East Jerusalem -Yaser Dajani and Jibrin al-Bakri 12 Security Mechanism in the Holy Basin: A Comprehensive Analysis of Security Elements for a Possible Old City Special Regime (OCSR) - Pini Meidan-Shani, Moty Cristal, Arieh Amit, Peri Golan and Reuven Berko 13 The Events Surrounding the Mugrabi Gate: 2007 Case Study - Daniel Seidemann 14 Jaffa Gate Crossing Facilities: Spatial Study -Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat and Karen Lee Bar-Sinai Appendix: Chronology of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative

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Tom Najem is Project Manager of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative and Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Windsor, Canada.

Michael J. Molloy is Co-Director of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative and Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Canada.

Michael Bell is Co-Director of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor and Senior Fellow at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Canada.

John Bell is Co-Director of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative and Director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Programme at the Toledo International Center for Peace, Spain.


This second volume of The Jerusalem Old City Initiative is a negotiator’s dream – detailed chapters on legal arrangements, governance, security, and a creative architectural scheme for managing the flow of people and vehicles. Israeli, Palestinian and international experts have compiled all the raw material needed for serious negotiations to take place, and they have laid out artful, creative ideas for managing what many have thought to be intractable problems. Indeed, the authors in this volume have demonstrated that governance and security in Jerusalem’s Old City can be dealt with; it is now up to the politicians to muster the will to reach agreement, drawing on this wealth of material.

Daniel Kurtzer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel