Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations has released a new book entitled “Jerusalem: Population & Land (Arabs & Jews) 1275-1368 AH / 1658 – 1948 CE”, by Muhammad Issa Salhiyyi, Professor of History and civilization at al-Yarmouk university in Jordan.
The book is an academic study centered around the city of Jerusalem during the specific period 1858-1948, based on the Ottoman, British, American and Zionist documents, the judicial documents of the court in Jerusalem, and the minutes of the Jerusalemite municipal council meetings; in an attempt to illustrate how did the Jewish emigrates occupy huge lands of the city, and settled within and around its borders.
The author documents various methods of deceit, cheating and tricking employed by the Zionists and Jews against the Ottoman rule laws, to increase the numbers of Jews in Jerusalem and their land ownership. The author mentions, among others, laws, taxes, confiscations, forced leave, and collective punishment, as methods used against the villagers and original residents to establish for the Jewish migration, settlement and land ownership in the city.
The study emphasized as well the role of the British mandate / occupation since 1917 in implementing the British-Zionist plan in Palestine and Jerusalem, as further assured by the Balfour declaration and the mandate laws, added to the various regulations and laws put by the Britons in favor of the Zionists and Jews. These practices however further highlighted the incapability of the Jewish attempts in loosening the Palestinian determination and attachment to their land, where in around one whole century the Zionists didn’t succeed in owning more than 6% of the Palestinian lands.
Among the conclusions, the study proved that until the early 17th century, foreign Jews didn’t own any property (land, home, shop/ warehouse) in the city of Jerusalem or its villages. Even the Jewish population then in the city was not significant, and at some point, the Jews left because of the deterioration in the city’s economic situation, which might indicate that the city itself wasn’t that significant for the Jews.
The study also included an appendix of documents that were obtained by the author, and statistical tables indicating the development of the Jerusalemite population during the period of study.
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