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Governance and Security in Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Old City Initiative, 1st Edition

Edited by Tom Najem, Michael J. Molloy, Michael Bell, John Bell


338 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

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 HusseiniandAl-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-Bakri12 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-SinaiAppendix: Chronology of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series

The UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series on Middle East security and cooperation features new and original scholarship on many of the most critical issues facing the region. Each book presents a variety of perspectives on a specific topic, such as democracy in the Middle East, dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian relations, Gulf security, and the gender factor in the Middle East. Aside from covering the key issues facing the region, the series also features a number of sub-themes under a single heading, covering security, social, political, and economic factors affecting the Middle East. Most books feature a multinational collection of authors who, for political reasons, do not always publish in the same volume or collection, so no matter what the issue, specialists from within and beyond the region offer a broad range of different viewpoints.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies