Cite: Jefferis, Revocation of Residency Rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Jefferis, Danielle C. “Institutionalizing Statelessness: The Revocation of Residency Rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.” International Journal of Refugee Law 24.2 (2012): 202-230.



This article examines the methods by which Israel institutionalizes statelessness among Palestinians from East Jerusalem through national citizenship and entry laws. Through the lens of the international legal framework, notably the right to a nationality, the prohibition on the arbitrary deprivation of nationality, and the antidiscrimination principle, the article focuses on three policies under which Palestinian East Jerusalemites are rendered stateless: the ‘center of life’ policy, the application and waiting period requirement for children applying for temporary and permanent residency, and the implementation of the ‘loyalty oath’ for non-Jews seeking citizenship through naturalization. Then, after describing the impact of the policies on the individuals and families affected, as well as on other states, the article lays out the primary ways in which the policies violate international legal obligations and principles, namely, the arbitrary deprivation of rights and the antidiscrimination principle. Finally, while mindful of the sovereign right of states to implement citizenship laws, the article concludes by prescribing ways in which the international statelessness protection framework might be strengthened and reformulated into a preventative model to ensure that Palestinian East Jerusalemites maintain their legal connection to their city of birth and are not rendered stateless – the status of the rightless.

Cite: Larkin & Dumper, Islamic Movement in Israel and Battle for Jerusalem

Larkin, Craig and Michael Dumper. “In Defense of Al-Aqsa: The Islamic Movement inside Israel and the Battle for Jerusalem.” Middle East Journal 66.1 (2012): 30-51.





The past ten years have witnessed the collapse of Palestinian political authority and leadership in East Jerusalem. Evidence suggests that the Islamic Movement is beginning to fill this vacuum from within Israel. This article examines the growing involvement of the Islamic Movement of Israel in Jerusalem, both in terms of discourse and specific facts on the ground. It explores how the al-Aqsa mosque has been employed, particularly by Shaykh Ra’id Salah, as a symbol for political empowerment, a site for public contestation, and a focus for religious renewal. It debates whether their presence should be perceived as a growing strategic threat, part of an Islamizing trend, or rather as a consequence of weak local leadership, the unintended consequences of the separation wall and the non-recognition of the Hamas government.

Lecture: Cohen, Jerusalem in Palestinian-Arab and Israeli-Jewish Identities

Taube Center for Jewish Studies – Stanford University

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:00pm

Building 360 (CCSRE) – Conference Room

Hillel Cohen

Professor of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University

Jerusalem in Palestinian-Arab and Israeli-Jewish Identities


Co-sponsored with Mediterranean Studies Forum and Department of History

Cite: Hip Hop and the Reclaiming of Masculinity in Jerusalem’s Shu’afat Refugee Camp

Greenberg, Ela. "’The King of the Streets’: Hip Hop and the Reclaiming of Masculinity in Jerusalem’s Shu’afat Refugee Camp." Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 2,2 (2009): 231-250.

Abstract and (restricted) online access here.

Full Table of contents for this MEJCC  issue can be found here:

Keywords: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem: Palestinians, Gender,  Music, Palestine: Culture, refugees, occupation.