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For the Sake of Zion I Shall Not Stand Still?

For the Sake of Zion I Shall Not Stand Still?

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This book marks the first comprehensive research that focuses on the Jewish Diaspora's relations with Jerusalem, Israel's capital and the holiest city for most of the Jewish people. The book focuses on six out of the seven largest Jewish communities in the diaspora and their relation to Jerusalem ever since the Oslo agreement. It examines both the opinions and the actions of Diaspora Jews vis-à-vis this city. Unlike many books and articles that have focused on Jerusalem's long history, on the one hand, and on the characteristics of the Jewish Diaspora, on the other, this book also refers to the political developments that have occurred in Jerusalem in view of the various social and political processes that have occurred in the major Jewish diasporic communities. Moreover, this is the first work whose main focus is the Jewish Diaspora's relations to and perspectives on contemporary Jerusalem.
This book marks the first comprehensive research that focuses on the Jewish Diaspora's relations with Jerusalem, Israel's capital and the holiest city for most of the Jewish people. The book focuses on six out of the seven largest Jewish communities in the diaspora and their relation to Jerusalem ever since the Oslo agreement. It examines both the opinions and the actions of Diaspora Jews vis-à-vis this city. Unlike many books and articles that have focused on Jerusalem's long history, on the one hand, and on the characteristics of the Jewish Diaspora, on the other, this book also refers to the political developments that have occurred in Jerusalem in view of the various social and political processes that have occurred in the major Jewish diasporic communities. Moreover, this is the first work whose main focus is the Jewish Diaspora's relations to and perspectives on contemporary Jerusalem.

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The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
Established by the Charles H. Revson Foundation
For the Sake of Zion I Shall NotStand Still?
The Jewish Diaspora and the Jerusalem Issue
Gabriel (Gabi) Sheffer and Eyal Tsur
2011
 
The JIIS Studies Series no. 414
For the Sake of Zion I Shall Not Stand Still?
The Jewish Diaspora and the Jerusalem Issue
Gabriel (Gabi) Sheffer and Eyal Tsur
This publication was made possible by funds granted by the Charles H. RevsonFoundation.The statements made and the views expressed are solely the responsibilityof the authors.
© 2011, The Jerusalem Institute for Israel StudiesThe Hay Elyachar House20 Radak St., 92186 Jerusalemhttp://www.jiis.orgE-mail: machon@jiis.org.il
 
 Book Abstract 
For the Sake of Zion I Shall Not Stand Still?
The Jewish Diaspora and the Jerusalem Issue
This book marks the
first
comprehensive research that focuses on the JewishDiaspora's relations with and positions concerning Jerusalem, Israel's capital andthe holiest city for most of the Jewish people. It examines both the opinionsand the actions of Diaspora Jews vis-à-vis this city. Unlike many books andarticles that have focused on Jerusalem's long history, on the one hand, and onthe characteristics of the Jewish Diaspora, on the other, this book also refers tothe political developments that have occurred in Jerusalem in view of the varioussocial and political processes that have occurred in the major Jewish diasporiccommunities. Moreover, this is the
first
work whose main focus is the JewishDiaspora's relations to and perspectives on contemporary Jerusalem.The bond between the Jewish people all over the world and Jerusalem has,as we know, been maintained for thousands of years and has religious, nationaland cultural aspects. In the course of time, however, other religions and nations became connected
 
to the city, which eventually became a source of inter-religiousand international tension that reached its apex in recent decades. While addressingthe historical dimension of the bond between the Jewish Diaspora and Jerusalem,this research explores this bond's characteristics in very recent times – namely,from the time Israel and the Palestinians
first
met at the negotiations table twodecades ago.The political developments in the Palestinian arena that followed the signingof the
first
Oslo Accords in 1993 quickly drew the attention and involvement of Diaspora Jews. Some of them expressed profound concern about the potentialimplications for the future of Jerusalem, which is, of course, one of the mainissues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict
. Over time, Jews living outsideIsrael have supported various prospective political settlements. Some oppose thegeopolitical division of Jerusalem, some view it with favor; others have presentedno
official
position but at the same time promised to support any decision taken by
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