It’s in Jerusalem’s DNA to be under ‘sole Jewish rule,’ mayor declares

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Tomorrow, May 8, marks Jerusalem Day, and as the celebrations get under way, The Times of Israel is reporting on the national obsession… demographics:

In 2012, some 22,800 babies were born in Jerusalem, of whom 14,600 were Jewish and 7,900 were Muslim. Fertility rates for Jews in Jerusalem were far higher than the national average: In 2011 the average Jewish woman in the capital had 4.24 children, as compared to 2.98 in the country as a whole. The average Muslim woman in Jerusalem had 3.71 children, slightly higher than the national average of 3.51 among Muslims.

As we brace ourselves for news of the celebrations, Jerusalem’s mayor is spreading the joy. Ma’an: Mayor wants ‘sole Jewish rule’ in Jerusalem

Israel’s mayor of Jerusalem said Tuesday that Palestinians will never have sovereignty in the Holy City, suggesting that they rename Ramallah as “northern Jerusalem” instead.

Speaking to The Times of Israel news site, Nir Barkat said it was in Jerusalem’s DNA to be under “sole Jewish rule” and pressure from the international community to stop building on occupied territory was “illegal.”

“The answer is no separation of the city … If the world pushes us there, it’s just a matter of time before things will fall apart,” Barkat told the Times on the eve of Jerusalem Day, a controversial national holiday celebrating what Israelis call the “reunification” of the city………

Barkat said it was “ridiculous” that Jews were not allowed to pray in the highly sensitive Al-Aqsa compound and added that he was uncomfortable with the status quo on the issue.
 

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  1. pjdude
    May 7, 2013, 4:17 pm

    In Jerusalem DNA to be jewish even though jews didn’t found it. The entitlement of these people is awe inspiring

    • Annie Robbins
      May 7, 2013, 5:02 pm

      just saying hi pjdude. thought i’d be the first one to place a little breathing room between rationality and …gilad.

    • Mike_Konrad
      May 7, 2013, 5:19 pm

      In Jerusalem DNA to be jewish even though jews didn’t found it. The entitlement of these people is awe inspiring

      Islam did not found Jerusalem either.

      Jerusalem goes back before either Jews or Arab, to very ancient semitic peoples.

      • justicewillprevail
        May 7, 2013, 5:39 pm

        ‘very ancient semitic peoples’, whose descendants are the Palestinians.

      • Ecru
        May 8, 2013, 2:32 am

        As a settlement it probably goes back well beyond the existence of Semitic as a linguistic family considering there’s been finds from the Neolithic in the area. Anyway – what does the language spoken by the first inhabitants have to do with anything?

  2. giladg
    May 7, 2013, 4:52 pm

    It’s not a perfect situation and it will never be perfect, but for freedom of religion, only under Israeli control can all three major religions of this region reach a balance that is best for all three combined. Whether you love Israel with a passion or hate Israel with a passion, this is fact. For those of you who are going to start up with stolen lands blah blah blah, Palestinians have never controlled Jerusalem, not even for a single day, ever. The Jordanians controlled East Jerusalem until 1967. The British controlled East Jerusalem until 1948. The Turks controlled East Jerusalem until 1917. But never the Palestinians. Go back far enough in history and the Jews controlled Jerusalem, both for a long time and for a significant period in the history of the Jewish people. The same cannot be said of the Palestinians.

    • seafoid
      May 7, 2013, 5:11 pm

      Religous freedom means freedom from unsightly palestinians. I think it was hostage who said rabbinical judaism is a system for diaspora that is incapable of managing the transition to nationhood. Judaism dumps its own morality in worshiping the golden calf called jerusalem.

      And 4.24 children per jewish womb . Is it a race? More than half of the jewish kids in the city depend on charity handouts for food. A long , long way from nobel prizes and weekends in the hamptons.

      • giladg
        May 7, 2013, 5:30 pm

        So seafoid, would you propose Facebook over studying Torah? Is is not the culture of studying over the past 2,000 years that has helped propel the Jewish people in many areas that require serious study, analysis and recall of large amounts of information?
        And by the way, Israel Palestinians have access like Israeli Jews. Any future change to the status-quo will impact Israeli Arabs and Palestinian Arabs. Only one can have open access. But don’t let this small detail get in your way whilst you bash Israel.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 8, 2013, 12:38 am

        And by the way, Israel Palestinians have access like Israeli Jews.

        to what? the torah? education? what are you referencing? it is not as if there are not brilliant palestinian people. but how many get this kind of opportunity? and how many land in jail for non violent resistance? Israel targets talent, so spare us your sanctimonious lectures.

    • justicewillprevail
      May 7, 2013, 5:53 pm

      Ah, so it’s about gilad’s nursery school version of history, and what it says in these storybooks. Israeli ‘control’ does not ensure any equality between the religions in Jerusalem. Just ask the Christians and Armenians, not to mention Muslims; none of them like the Jewish ‘control’ which subordinates them to Jewish myth and the self-centred ‘superiority’ and arrogance which they all suffer under. And only one obsessed with ‘control’ as gilad elevates this notion to some sort of determining factor, conveniently eliding the nature of the city, its composition and historical significance to various cultures throughout its history. Who ‘controlled’ it is irrelevant to the question of fairness and justice for the people who have lived there for centuries, and whose houses are stolen by the Israeli state and its settler fascists. As for blah blah, you do that very well — a litany of lies and factoids to support an occupation of other people and the theft of their property and land.

    • Ron Edwards
      May 7, 2013, 6:13 pm

      So we have it on record from you that Palestinians aren’t Jordanians? Cool. No skating back to that line later when it seems convenient.

      Since when was this about “controlling” Jerusalem by one group, anyway? Not found in any UN plan or resolution. Not found in any U.S. policy statement. That’s a Begin thing. Don’t project that noise on us.

    • Light
      May 7, 2013, 6:22 pm

      giladg, neither the British nor the Ottomans ethnically cleansed the city nor viewed the native inhabitants as a demographic threat. Go far enough back in history and it’s completely irrelevant who controlled the city. The UN partition plan upon which the legitimacy of your state depends did not grant exclusive control of the city to Israel.

    • pjdude
      May 7, 2013, 6:25 pm

      Well for starters I’m just gonna have to call bs on this Gil. Israelis are the worst for religious freedom in it. That is the proven fact. To find someone worse you’d have to go back to the crusaders. Also jewish control of Jerusalem was very short about a couple hundred years is all the archeological evidence supports and was never part of the kingdom of israel.

      • mondonut
        May 8, 2013, 8:20 am

        pjdude says: Well for starters I’m just gonna have to call bs on this Gil. Israelis are the worst for religious freedom in it. That is the proven fact.
        ==================================================
        Why go back that far when you can go back one generation to Jordanian control of East Jerusalem. A nearly 100% percent ethnic cleansing, massive destruction of places of worship and desecration of religious graveyards.

        You believe that was superior to the current condition?

      • pjdude
        May 8, 2013, 1:59 pm

        I said worse not the same

    • Talkback
      May 7, 2013, 7:27 pm

      giladg says: “only under Israeli control can all three major religions of this region reach a balance that is best for all three combined.”

      ROFL. Hamas charta: “Only under the shadow of Islam could the members of all religions coexist in safety and security for their lives, properties and rights.” (Article 6) “Under the shadow of Islam it is possible for the members of the three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism to coexist in safety and security.” (Article 31)

      giladg says: “For those of you who are going to start up with stolen lands blah blah blah, …”

      Yes giladg, the acquisition of territory through war is inadmissable in the post Nazi era. Stop being so sentimental about it.

      giladg says: “Palestinians have never controlled Jerusalem, not even for a single day, ever.”

      I can understand why “control” is more important to you than title or the question who is the real souvereign and who exercices their souvereignity under mandate or occupation.

      “The British controlled East Jerusalem until 1948.”

      On behalf of the Palestinians. You understand what a mandate is?

      giladg says: “The Turks controlled East Jerusalem until 1917.”

      The Palestinians were “Turks” until 1925.

      giladg says: “Go back far enough in history and the Jews controlled Jerusalem, both for a long time and for a significant period in the history of the Jewish people.”

      Oh, so it does belong even more to the Muslims because of the even more lengthy time they controlled it?

      • giladg
        May 8, 2013, 3:02 am

        Talkback, no one used the term “Palestinian” in 1925 when referring to the local Arab population. If they did, why don’t you show us.
        And by the way, but a big by the way, when Jordan controlled Jerusalem, Jews where bared from religious activity anywhere near the sites central do Judaism.

      • James Canning
        May 8, 2013, 6:58 pm

        “Arabs” in 1920s Mandate Palestine meant Christians or Muslims. “Jews” meant Jews, but in mid-19th century, “Arabs” in Palestine meant Jews, Christians and Muslims.

      • RoHa
        May 8, 2013, 7:19 pm

        “Talkback, no one used the term “Palestinian” in 1925 when referring to the local Arab population.”

        So what? They were there.

      • James Canning
        May 9, 2013, 2:47 pm

        And no one referred to “Belgians” in what is now Belgium, prior to 1830-31.
        Bu the Belgians obviously were there, in 1829.

      • RoHa
        May 9, 2013, 9:13 pm

        Belgium for the Belgae!

      • James Canning
        May 10, 2013, 7:49 pm

        Memories of Belgica, 2000 years ago!

      • RoHa
        May 11, 2013, 9:04 pm

        “Horum omnium fortissimi sunt Belgae, propterea quod a cultu atque humanitate provinciae longissime absunt, minimeque ad eos mercatores saepe commeant atque ea quae ad effeminandos animos pertinent important, proximique sunt Germanis, qui trans Rhenum incolunt, quibuscum continenter bellum gerunt.”

        Those were the days!

      • James Canning
        May 12, 2013, 1:49 pm

        RoHa – – Seeing the name “Belgium” on a map, in 1830, must have brought deep satisfaction to some of those aware of the Belgae of 2000 years ago!

      • tokyobk
        May 8, 2013, 6:27 am

        Israel has to split Jerusalem because its only claim to legitimacy is within international law.

        But what your refer to in the Hamas Charter references the laws for treating the People of The Book, that is to say dhimmitude, and a paternalistic and two tiered system much like that decried here routinely as practiced by Israel.

      • eljay
        May 8, 2013, 9:12 am

        >> Hamas chart[er]: “Only under the shadow of Islam could the members of all religions coexist in safety and security for their lives, properties and rights.” (Article 6) “Under the shadow of Islam it is possible for the members of the three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism to coexist in safety and security.” (Article 31)

        No-one should have to live “under the shadow” of any religion.

    • RoHa
      May 7, 2013, 10:04 pm

      “Palestinians have never controlled Jerusalem, not even for a single day, ever.”

      So what?

    • Ellen
      May 8, 2013, 3:34 am

      Gilad, only under Israeli control can all three major religions of this region reach a balance that is best for all three combined. Where does the idea of the need for Israeli control of others (all in thier own best interest of course) stop?

      What happens to those (individuals, groups or nations) who feel the need to absolutely control others? And what is the mindset of those who do the controlling of others? Think about it.

    • talknic
      May 8, 2013, 11:08 am

      @giladg May 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Irrelevant to the Internationally recognized sovereign extent of the State of Israel and the State of Israel’s illegal actions as the Occupying Power over non-Israeli territories.

  3. Citizen
    May 7, 2013, 5:00 pm

    “…pressure from the international community to stop building on occupied territory was “illegal.”:

    So, e.g., the 4th Geneva Convention was illegal?

    On more domestic matters, here’s a bit about Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary: link to thenation.com

    • Talkback
      May 7, 2013, 7:48 pm

      Citizen says: “So, e.g., the 4th Geneva Convention was illegal?”

      No, to him the PRESSURE to stop an action which is illegal under humanitarian law is illegal. Fore more information read the entries about “humanitarian terrorism” and “humanitarian lawfare” in the latest edition of the Dictionary of Zionspeak.

  4. seafoid
    May 7, 2013, 5:18 pm

    The mayor is a fruitcake. Jewish jerusalem’s dna is betar and haredi intolerance . The secular are leaving in droves. The pity of it all. West jerusalem has no pride or self belief, hence the checkpoints. West jerusalem is not happy. The city is too heavy a load on top of its crumbling ideology and small mindedness. Jerusalem needs people who are more mysterious and joyful to run it. Zionism is too cold and heartless to do justice to the city.

  5. LanceThruster
    May 7, 2013, 5:48 pm

    You know who else spoke of ‘blood and soil?’…

    • Egbert
      May 8, 2013, 3:47 am

      Please pick me, sir, I know sir!

      It is Assad! Wait, it was Ahmadinejad! No, sorry, it was Gaddafi. No, doh, it was Saddam Hussein. OK, it was all of them. Or possibly some other guy.

  6. Tzombo
    May 7, 2013, 6:05 pm

    “In 2012, some 22,800 babies were born in Jerusalem, of whom 14,600 were Jewish and 7,900 were Muslim.”

    Eh, no. None of them were born Jewish and none of them were born Muslim.

  7. Ron Edwards
    May 7, 2013, 6:24 pm

    Now cities have DNA. This is like nations having rights.

    What next? Rainbows have staples. Ghosts have measles. No, not quite, wait, I got this one …

    Corporations have free speech! Thank you ever so much, U.S. “Supreme” Court. Now we make exactly as much sense as blithering Zionist pols do.

    We need an on-line catalogue for these category-error statements concerning heinous policies or actions.

  8. paabrhm
    May 7, 2013, 6:36 pm

    Look how easily all the Christians in Jerusalem have been erased. And no one noticed?

  9. James Canning
    May 7, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Mayor of Israeli portion of Jerusalem is expected to make such noises, no?

  10. a blah chick
    May 7, 2013, 9:18 pm

    From 1948 until 1967 they got along fine without East Jerusalem this in their DNA.

    And that is what this is about, EAST Jerusalem, a tourist cash cow that just keeps on paying.

  11. RoHa
    May 7, 2013, 10:05 pm

    Cities got DNA?

    • Bumblebye
      May 8, 2013, 10:18 am

      Must be in the cement. Or the bricks. Or the red roof tiles. Somewhere.

  12. Mike_Konrad
    May 7, 2013, 11:42 pm

    From 1948 until 1967 they got along fine without East Jerusalem this in their DNA.

    And that is what this is about, EAST Jerusalem, a tourist cash cow that just keeps on paying.

    No, they did not. They held on to Mount Scopus though it was a no man’s land surrouned by Jordanians.

    link to youtube.com
    Jerusalem of Gold was written before the Six Day War.

    The Jews were going nuts because the Temple Mount was not in their hands. They were NOT doing fine about it.

    • Annie Robbins
      May 8, 2013, 1:26 am

      Fairuz- Flower of Cities

      here you can hear/see her singing live link to youtube.com

      better than precious metal, a beloved flower of the cities!

      It is for you O city of the prayer that I pray
      It is for you O splendid home, O flower of the cities
      O Jerusalem O Jerusalem O Jerusalem O city of the prayer
      Our eyes are set out to you everyday
      They walk through the porticos of the temples
      Embrace of the old churches
      And take the sadness away from the mosques
      O night of Al asra O path of those who left for the sky
      Our eyes are set out to you everyday and I pray

      The child is in the cave and his mother is Myriam two faces crying
      For those who roamed
      For the children without a house
      For those who resisted and were martyred at the gates
      And the peace was martyred in the homeland of the peace
      And the law tumbled at the gates of the city
      When Jerusalem city fell
      Love left and in the heart of the world the war was settled
      The child is in the cave and his mother is Myriam two faces crying
      and I pray

      The glaring anger is arriving and I am sure of it
      The bright anger is arriving, I will command the grief
      From everywhere, it will arrive riding the steeds of fear,
      As if the overwhelming face of God it will arrive
      The gates of our city will not be locked anymore so I am going to pray
      I will knock the gates and I will liberate them
      My face will be cleaned by the holy water of the Jordan river
      And the effects of the barbarism of the past will be erased O Jordan River
      The glaring anger is arriving riding the steeds of the fear
      And will defeat whom is in power
      This is our home and Jerusalem belongs to us
      And in our hands we will celebrate the splendor of Jerusalem
      by our hands the peace will return to Jerusalem

    • seafoid
      May 8, 2013, 3:04 am

      “Jerusalem of Gold was written before the Six Day War.”

      There’s a tribe in Idaho whose name in their own language is “the people who come from here” . They don’t need any song written in 1966 to prove that. Neither do the Palestinians.

  13. seafoid
    May 8, 2013, 2:45 am

    link to journalists.sky.com

    “Gush Shalom calls upon the singer Noa to cancel her performance at the “Jerusalem Day” events tomorrow. It is inappropriate for a singer who identifies as peace-minded to take part in an event celebrating occupation and oppression. “Jerusalem Day” is a day of celebration for settlers who dance with flags and chant racist slogans

    Press Release May 7, 2013

    Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, called upon singer Achinoam Nini (“Noa”), to cancel her scheduled performance during the events of “Jerusalem Day” tomorrow.

    In a letter delivered to Nini’s office, Gush Shalom stated “The Jerusalem Municipality billed the event where you are to appear under the title ‘Jerusalem will mark 46 years since her liberation and unification’. This is the same municipality which is a major apparatus of oppression against the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, to whom the main municipal services are bulldozers to demolish their homes. Jerusalem was neither liberated nor united. 46 years ago, an occupation rule was established over two hundred thousand Palestinians in East Jerusalem. The so-called Jerusalem Day is primarily a holiday for the settlers and their friends, dancing provocatively with flags in the Old City of Jerusalem, chanting abuse at the Arab residents, and often moving from chanting into actual violence. What has a singer who is identified with the Israeli peace camp to do with such a day of celebrating conquest and occupation? ”

    Gush Shalom mentioned that a year ago, Noa took part in an Alternative Memorial Day ceremony, singing before a joint gathering of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families. “At that time you have faced very credibly an outpouring of hatred from the extreme right. You them you wrote that the moving ceremony in which Israelis and Palestinians stood together ‘was marked by unity, understanding, empathy and especially peace. All bereaved families came there to choose for life over death. I suggest we all calm down and start thinking how we can break the cycle of callousnes and hatred’.

    So you wrote a year ago – and what has changed since? Why are you this year singing at a ceremony of callousness? When the day comes of the signing of peace between the independent State of Israel and the independent State of Palestine, and Jerusalem becomes a true city of peace and the capital of two states – that would be the true Jerusalem Day, a time which will be worthy for you to sing and celebrate. “”

  14. jon s
    May 8, 2013, 3:41 am

    From above the top of Mount Scopus,
    I am greeting you, Jerusalem.
    A hundred generations I have dreamt of you,
    to have a privilege to see your light.
    Jerusalem shine your face upon your son.
    Jerusalem I shall rebuild you from ruins.
    (Avigdor Hameiri 1890-1970)
    you can hear it here:

  15. Abdul-Rahman
    May 8, 2013, 3:43 am

    According to the Old Testament the Jebusites where in Jebus first!

    link to versobooks.com

    “The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland” by Shlomo Sand

  16. jon s
    May 8, 2013, 4:03 am

    And Amichai on being mayor of Jerusalem:

    Mayor

    It’s sad
    To be Mayor of Jerusalem.
    It is terrible.
    How can any man be the mayor of a city like that?

    What can he do with her?
    He will build, and build, and build.

    And at night
    The stones of the hills round about will crawl down Towards the stone houses,
    Like wolves coming
    To howl at the dogs
    Who have become men’s slaves.

    Translated from the Hebrew by Assia Guttman From Selected Poems, Cape Collard, 1968

  17. Sumud
    May 8, 2013, 7:49 am

    Speaking to The Times of Israel news site, Nir Barkat said it was in Jerusalem’s DNA to be under “sole Jewish rule” and pressure from the international community to stop building on occupied territory was “illegal.”

    Barkat is an idiot, and claiming a city has DNA (even metaphorically) is idiotic nonsense.

    “The answer is no separation of the city … If the world pushes us there, it’s just a matter of time before things will fall apart,” Barkat told the Times on the eve of Jerusalem Day, a controversial national holiday celebrating what Israelis call the “reunification” of the city………

    Without a Palestinian state there will be no Israel in a decade or two. At this late point, only an idiot can’t see this.

  18. MK_Ultra
    May 8, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Well, there ya go. That settles it, who could possibly argue against DNA? Oh, but wait…what DNA? From Russia, Brooklyn or Europe? Hmmm…

  19. James Canning
    May 9, 2013, 1:48 pm

    DNA from Central Asia, via New York or Poland?

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