My reply to „Pisgat Ze’ev Vs. Shuafat“

This is a response to:
„Pisgat Ze’ev Vs. Shuafat“ (written by Sarah Spaeth)

I would like to comment on a section of Sarah Spaeth’s blog post „Pisgat Ze’ev vs. Shuafat“.

In the last section of her post, Sarah expresses a very interesting aspect of the situation in Jerusalem: In all the differences and the complexity of the conflict, Jews and Arabs are in need of each other, are part of one family. The depth and complexity of the conflict has become visible in various ways, particularly in the spatial partitioning of Jerusalem. Neighborhoods are for the most part separated, there are inequalities and violent confrontations. Nevertheless, in everyday life spheres intermingle, in public transportation, shopping malls, working life.

When I travel on the bus back to my home from the university, which goes from Mount Scopus in the East through the Jewish neighborhood of Rehavia in West-Jerusalem where I live, I almost every day meet Palestinians using the same bus, too. I assume that many of them are working in the Western part of Jerusalem, but I don’t know exactly. In shopping malls like Hadar Mall in Talpiot or Malha Mall in Malha I meet Palestinians, sometimes as workers in shops, although the malls are situated in West-Jerusalem. When the other day I walked along one of the roads of the Muslim quarter in the Old City, leading to Damascus gate, I saw a group of orthodox Jews passing by. A very interesting analysis conducted by Grinberger and Shoval[1] studying urban dynamics in Jerusalem using trajectory data, graphically displays the complex fragmentation of the city and how strongly people of different ethnical, cultural and religious background who live and work in Jerusalem, intermingle in daily life.


[1] see Grinberger and Shoval (2015) and Shoval (2015)

Grinberger, Y., and Shoval, N. (2015): A Temporal-Contextual Analysis of Urban Dynamics using Location-Based Data. International Journal of Geographical Information Science vol. 29 11:1969-1987.
Shoval, Noam (2015): Jerusalem Divided?: Geopolitics Oversimplified. The Middle East Forum of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, April 22, 2015. Chicago