Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron by Menachem Klein

Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron

byMenachem Klein

Hardcover | November 15, 2014

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Most books dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict see events through the eyes of policy-makers, generals or diplomats. Menachem Klein offers an illuminating alternative by telling the intertwined histories, from street level upwards, of three cities - Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Hebron - andtheir intermingled Jewish, Muslim and Christian inhabitants, from the nineteenth century to the present. Each of them was and still is a mixed city. Jerusalem and Hebron are holy places, while Jaffa till 1948 was Palestine's principal city and main port of entry. Klein portrays a society in the late Ottoman period in which Jewish-Arab interactions were intense, frequent, and meaningful, before the onset of segregation and separation gradually occurred in the Mandate era. The unequal power relations and increasing violence between Jews and Arabs from 1948onwards are also scrutinised. Throughout, Klein bases his writing not on the official record but rather on a hitherto hidden private world of Jewish-Arab encounters, including marriages and squabbles, kindnesses and cruelties, as set out in dozens of memoirs, diaries, biographies and testimonies.Lives in Common brings together the voices of Jews and Arabs in a mosaic of fascinating stories, of lived experiences and of the major personalities that shaped them over the last 150 years.

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Menachem Klein teaches in the Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and was a team member of the Geneva Initiative Negotiations in 2003. He has advised both the Israeli government and the Israeli delegation for peace talks with the PLO (2000), was a fellow at Oxford University and a visiting professor at MIT. H...

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Title:Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and HebronFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.58 × 5.79 × 1.1 inPublished:November 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Connected to PlaceIntroduction: Jerusalem, Jaffa Gate/Bab al-HalilThe Gate of Forked WaysAbout This Book1. Arab JewsNeither Oxymoron nor AspersionThe Locals2. Mixed CitiesA Holy Site Chooses a City-A City Chooses a Holy SiteCoexistence Disturbed by Confrontation3. Life On the Verge of the FutureA Large Problem in a Small PlaceConflict as RoutinePart II: Connected by Force4. Expanding the Boundaries of the PossibleA New LandAn Ambiguous V5. Like OwnersTransferring the DeedHouses from Within, People from Without6. Occupation, Assimilation, OppositionJerusalem: A Bustling and Noisy PlaceJaffa: Abandoned and AttractiveHebron and Jerusalem: The Force of HistoryEpilogueBibliography

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"Lives in Common tells a previously untold story of Jews and Arabs. Starting in the period immediately prior to the beginning of the current vicious conflict, the book demonstrates how everyday interactions in three key cities -- Jerusalem, Hebron, and Jaffa -- forged a common Jewish-Arabidentity. Menachem Klein shows how subsequent events all-but destroyed this identity but perhaps left enough of a remnant to warrant a little optimism for the future." --Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, University of Washington and author of Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East