Four seemingly disparate events reveal the extent to which Jerusalem has lost its centrality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The question was particularly timely not only because of the long-standing Israeli occupation of Palestine, but also because of the rapidly changing geopolitical landscape in the Middle East.
“Everything that has followed in that conflict-riven land has flowed inevitably from this decision” Journal of Palestine Studies Editor Rashid I. Khalidi wrote in Resurrecting Empire.
Commentators were quick to point out that Palestinians had inhabited the land for centuries before Israel was established.
Perhaps it came as no surprise that Zionist organizations and individuals were eager to seize on Nobel-laureate Dylan as a major cultural icon to brand as pro-Israel⎯at a time when Brand Israel is culturally uncool.
If you lack an easel and a canvas and have no need for them anyway, then Gaza Graffiti proclaims, “Make everything beauty.”
The land has been swept away, her history has been broken by another’s reality.