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Author Nissenbaum, Dion.

Title A street divided : stories from Jerusalem's Alley of God / Dion Nissenbaum.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  956.9442 NIS    AVAILABLE
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Description xi, 246 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary "Arab families called it "al Mantiqa Haram." Jewish residents knew it as "shetach hefker." In both languages it meant the same thing: "the Forbidden Area." Soldiers on both sides that monitored the steep fault line dubbed it "Barbed Wire Alley." To folks on either side of the border, it was the same thing: A dangerous no-man's land separating warring nations and feuding cultures. It was in this no man's land that United Nation's soldiers organized a search party to rescue a pair of dentures that had fallen out of a monastery window overlooking the dividing line. It was on this street that an attempt to build an outhouse nearly sparked a deadly clash between Israeli and Jordanian soldiers stationed yards apart. The barbed wire came down in 1967. But it was soon supplanted by ever more daunting cultural, emotional and political barriers separating Arab and Jew. For nearly two decades, coils of barbed wire ran right down the middle of Assael Street marking the fissure between Israeli-controlled West Jerusalem and Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem. A Street Divided offers a view of the conflict from the street level. While most books written from the Middle East tend to focus on sweeping political trends, A Street Divided tells this story from one of the rare streets where Israelis and Palestinians live together. Countless books have been written about this region, but none have focused on this unique fault line"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-246).
Contents No man's land -- Father of the bull -- The martyrs -- The settlers -- The collaborator -- The peaceniks -- The good Arab -- The architects of division.
Subject Jerusalem -- Boundaries.
Jerusalem -- Ethnic relations.
Jerusalem -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Jerusalem -- Description and travel.
Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949 -- Influence.
Partition, Territorial.
ISBN 9781250072948 (hardback)
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