|About the Book|
Throughout history, Jerusalem and its Holy Places have been the objects of fierce religious controversy over worship rights, such as the Holy Sepulchre inter-Christian disputes and the Har Ha Bait/Haram Al Sharif (Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary)MoreThroughout history, Jerusalem and its Holy Places have been the objects of fierce religious controversy over worship rights, such as the Holy Sepulchre inter-Christian disputes and the Har Ha Bait/Haram Al Sharif (Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary) Israeli–Jewish/Palestinian-Muslim disputes. This multidisciplinary study offers two competing political ways of interpreting these disputes and the Arab–Israeli conflict in general: the state/national (territorial) perspective focuses on Israelis and Palestinians as the two main groups entitled to possession of and worship in Jerusalem’s Holy Places- the global/transnational perspective, on the other hand, entitles millions of Jews, Christians, Muslims and their respective clergy worldwide to raise claims to the city’s Holy Places as universal symbols of devotion and worship. … This work provides international law practitioners and Middle East scholars with a thorough overview of the legal, historical and diplomatic interpretation of the provisions embodied in the international documents adopted in the Middle East Peace Process. In addition to applying the legal notion of international local custom, this study provides three alternative terms to express the three different meanings of sovereignty namely, independence, authority and title. Based on his work’s methodology and conclusions, the author has initiated second track meetings behind closed doors between Israelis and Palestinians, which have resulted in a political–diplomatic data-base. Those seeking a deeper understanding of the intricate legal terminology surrounding Jerusalem will find the main results produced by these meetings to be of particular interest, such as The Guidelines for a Jerusalem Statute, wherein both parties share cultural–religious principles towards building a better coexistence in Jerusalem (Annex III), and The Glossary of historically complex terms such as Status Quo and Holy Places (Annex IV).