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In a special meeting of the East Jerusalem Forum – summarized in the document below – we sought to deepen our understanding of the situation in East Jerusalem at the beginning of the month of Ramadan, which is taking place this year in the shadow of the war, and to formulate ideas and alternatives for managing the affairs of East Jerusalem during this complex period.

Publication Date: March 20, 2024
Writers: Dr. Amnon Ramon

Background

Five months after the massacre in the Western Negev and the outbreak of the “Swords of Iron” war, the East Jerusalem arena appears to be in a position of tense standby, and at an important strategic crossroads at the outset of the month of Ramadan.

The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research’s East Jerusalem Forum held a special meeting on March 6, 2024. The meeting was conducted in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, with about 100 participants. Speakers at the meeting included senior police officials, Jerusalem Municipality representatives, East Jerusalem residents, and civil society representatives. The meeting’s objective was to learn about the complex reality in East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa issue on the eve of Ramadan from several points of view and to raise ideas for managing issues related to East Jerusalem and the holy compound during this sensitive period.

Speakers who participated in the meeting:

  • Dr. Amnon Ramon, Senior Researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, and head of the East-Jerusalem Forum.
  • Muhammad Avida, community advisor for East Jerusalem affairs.
  • Muhammad Masri, former chairman of the Beit Hanina community administration board and member of the executive committee of the Jerusalem Institute.
  • Lt. Col. (Res.) Ron Schatzberg, the Economic Cooperation Fund.
  • Dr. Sharina Chen, the Open University and Ben Gurion University.
  • Chief Superintendent Eyal Ha’ivri, Police, adviser to the Jerusalem district commander for Arab affairs.
  • Nadav Shragai, researcher of the Temple Mount and the author of the books: “The Mount of Strife” and “Al-Aqsa Terror: From plot to blood”.
  • Udi Shaham-Maimon, spokesman for the Jerusalem Municipality for Arab and international media.

Summary of the Report

Full Report (Hebrew)