British administrators employed urban planning broadly in British colonies around the world, and British Mandate Palestine was no exception. This article shows how with a unique purpose and based on the promise of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, British urban planning in Jerusalem was executed with a particular colonial logic that left a lasting impact on the city. Both the discourse and physical implementation of the planning was meant to privilege the colonial power's Zionist partner over the indigenous Arab community.
Dividing Jerusalem: British Urban Planning in the Holy City
Nicholas E. Roberts is an assistant professor of history at Sewanee: University of the South. He is currently working on a book about the origins and rise to power of the Supreme Muslim Council in British Mandate Palestine. This article is based on dissertation research conducted under a Fulbright Fellowship to Israel and a Lady Davis Fellowship to Hebrew University.
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Nicholas E. Roberts; Dividing Jerusalem: British Urban Planning in the Holy City. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 August 2013; 42 (4): 7–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.7
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