The Israelis on the other hand say that Jerusalem is Jewish, has always been and will always be. Of course an idiot can identify the fallacy in that argument. In the first place, a city can never belong to a people in the manner these people are claiming. Second, Jerusalem has been there long before David ever made it the capital of his kingdom, and since its establishment, its people have always lived there. They lived through the rise and fall of the Jewish Kingdoms, they lived through out the Romans, and the brief return of the Jews, and the subsequent Roman victory. They lived there through the Arab Caliphate, the crusades, the return of the Arabs and the Ottomans. They lived there through the British and Israeli occupations, and as they did previous conquerors, they will outlive the current ones.
Most importantly though, if the city so rightly belonged to the Jews, why do we see a vicious campaign to erect the Arabs? After all, if that claim was right, were did these Arabs come from?
Israel is clearly trying to change the whole face of Jerusalem, making it more Jewish than it has ever been. In the process, thousands of Arabs are losing their right to live in the city they called home, long before Israel was born. Their homes are being destroyed, and their families are split apart.
In Ma’amanillah, a commercial centre just outside Jaffa gate, I saw whole buildings which have been brought from elsewhere in Palestine and rebuilt as shops, malls and pubs. I thought how would the person who owned that house feel to see it moved from where he had built it, and used by someone else without him being consulted.
Yesterday, as I walked through the city, I noticed the Mezuzah at Jaffa Gate. As if, that gate was a gate to a Jewish home. I used to play around those gates, long before all those who touched it and kissed their hands came to this land. And now, I have to climb up and down the mountains to get there, while they can pass through the gate, and kiss their Mezuzah whenever they like.
In any case, her smile inside the old walls, where more than enough to deserve the climb to city.