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Separate and Unequal: The Inside Story of Israeli Rule in East Jerusalem
Separate and Unequal: The Inside Story of Israeli Rule in East Jerusalem
By Amir S. Cheshin, Bill Hutman and Avi Melamed
Harvard University Press, 1999, 288 pp

A truly inside story of Israel's post-1967 rule of a united Jerusalem. Cheshin served as government adviser on Arab affairs in Jerusalem from 1984 to 1993, Melamed as his successor, and Hutman as senior reporter covering Jerusalem for The Jerusalem Post from 1992 through 1996. Their comprehensive coverage investigates security issues, the expropriation of Arab property, the intifada, education, trash collection, the politics of providing electricity and water, and much more. In sum, they offer a sober but severe indictment of the Israeli failure to provide basic services to Jerusalem's Arab minority. Even long-time Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, generally lionized as a liberal leader championing Arab-Jewish comity, is faulted for having promised much while producing little. Still, this book demonstrates how limited a Jerusalem mayor is in swaying the Israeli government, Labor or Likud. Could it have been otherwise? With fascinating detail, a chapter entitled "A Path to Peace Not Taken" discusses earlier Israeli plans that would have produced better results. The authors conclude that proper governance of Jerusalem would not have jeopardized Israel's claim but instead would have eased tensions over the city's future. Sadly, that error in judgment is "the tragedy of Israel's rule in East Jerusalem since 1967."