Ian Gilmour, 31 October 1996
Show More A History of Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths by Karen Armstrong.
HarperCollins, 474 pp., £20, July 1996, 0 00 255522 0Show More
Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years by Israel Shahak.
Pluto, 118 pp., £11.99, April 1994, 9780745308180Show More
City of the Great King: Jerusalem from David to the Present edited by Nitza Rosovsky.
Harvard, 562 pp., £25.50, April 1996, 0 674 13190 8Show More
Jerusalem in the 20th Century by Martin Gilbert.
Chatto, 400 pp., £20, May 1996, 0 7011 3070 9Show More
Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Norman Finkelstein.
Verso, 230 pp., £39.95, December 1995, 1 85984 940 7Show More
To Rule Jerusalem by Roger Friedland and Richard Hecht.
Cambridge, 554 pp., £29.95, June 1996, 0 521 44046 7Show More
“... What exactly is a ‘holy city’ or, for that matter, a ‘holy see’? If Jerusalem is the prime example of the first and Rome the only example of the second, their holiness clearly does not reside in the behaviour of either their rulers or the ruled. More evil has been done in Jerusalem than in many, if not most, places on earth, and in Rome Papal conduct and government has sometimes been anything but holy – in the mid-18th century the city’s 150,000 inhabitants averaged four hundred murders a year ...”