Nadav Shragai

Nadav Shragai is a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as a journalist and commentator at Ha’aretz between 1983 and 2009, is currently a journalist and commentator at Israel Hayom, and has documented the dispute over Jerusalem for thirty years.   His books include: Jerusalem: Delusions of Division (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2015); The Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2012); the ebook Jerusalem: Correcting the International Discourse – How the West Gets Jerusalem Wrong (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2012); At the Crossroads: The Story of Rachel’s Tomb (Gates for Jerusalem Studies, 2005); The Temple Mount Conflict (Keter, 1995); and the essay: “Jerusalem Is Not the Problem, It Is the Solution,” in Mr. Prime Minister: Jerusalem, Moshe Amirav, ed. (Carmel and Florsheimer Institute, 2005).

Publications by Nadav Shragai

Bethlehem after Oslo: Terror Spiked in Israel’s Absence

The City of Peace Failed to Live Up to Its Name Read More »

Palestinian Leaders Threaten Jerusalem’s Arabs on Eve of City’s Municipal Elections

The Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Mufti consider voters to be “traitors” Read More »

What Israel Should Do when a Stone Falls
out of the Western Wall

The time has come for Israel to demonstrate its sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Read More »

The U.S. Embassy Prepares to Move to Jerusalem

Other countries prepare to follow. Read More »

A Jerusalem Solution: One Sovereignty, Multiple Local Authorities (including for the Arab Neighborhoods)

This study explores the background, the processes, the advantages, and the complexity involved in removing the two Arab neighborhoods from Jerusalem’s jurisdiction and also considers other plans that address the same issue. Read More »

Work Begins on New Jerusalem Light Rail Extension to Serve Jews and Arabs

Another aspect of coexistence in Jerusalem to serve Jews and Arabs Read More »

Jewish-Arab Coexistence in Jerusalem and Local Elections

Normalization grows Read More »

Abbas Rejects Jerusalem Suburb Solution for a Palestinian Capital

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas confirmed: Abu Dis was offered to us as a capital. Read More »

Givat Hamatos: A Strategic Jerusalem Neighborhood

Neighborhood development is frozen for now Read More »

Trump’s Speech  Recognizing Jerusalem:
What It Says and What It Doesn’t Say

What is in Trump’s speech and what is not Read More »

Protecting the Status of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

The impact of the two waves of terror instigated by the Palestinians in 2014 and 2015 on the status quo on the Temple Mount is the major focus of this study. Read More »

The Disengagement: The Unanswered Question

Did Prime Minister Ariel Sharon implement this plan because he genuinely believed in it or were his motives based upon self-interest? Was his real aim to extricate himself from the criminal investigations against him? Read More »

Chapter 5: The Meaning of Division: The Municipal Perspective

In December 2000, the then-mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert, considered the possible effects of dividing Jerusalem on the fabric of life in the city. He said:1 The problem is that the neighborhoods and villages in east Jerusalem have been integrated […] Read More »

Chapter 3: The Security Significance of a Division

The tremendous efforts that have been required of the state of Israel to keep Jerusalem united and maintain its Jewish majority have been aimed at realizing the Jewish people’s historical and religious right to the city. At the same time, […] Read More »

Chapter 4: The Danger to the Jewish and Christian Holy Places in Case of a Division

A. Freedom of Worship and Access to the Jerusalem Holy Places under Israeli Rule In east Jerusalem, in the Old City, and particularly in the part of the Old City known as the Holy Basin, there are hundreds of places […] Read More »

Introduction

About the Book1 This book, which deals with the future of Jerusalem, was first published seven years ago with the title The Dangers of Division. After a wave of extreme Palestinian violence that centered on Jerusalem,2 it was rewritten in […] Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division

New Book Backed By New Polling   As the English edition of Jerusalem: Delusions of Division goes to print, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has published remarkable findings of a public-opinion survey conducted in east Jerusalem in June 2015, […] Read More »

Chapter 6: Separation in Jerusalem: The Legal Dimension

A. The Existing Law According to existing Israeli law, and in line with Israeli Basic Law: Referendum that was passed on March 12, 2014, territories that are under Israeli sovereignty cannot be transferred to a foreign body unless the Knesset […] Read More »

Chapter 2: The Demographic Problem: A Different Approach

  One of the main claims of the supporters of division – or “separation from the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem” – is the demographic argument: if we just free ourselves of the areas and the neighborhoods that we annexed to […] Read More »

Chapter 1: The Jewish People’s Right and Birthright in Jerusalem (the Historical-Religious Dispute)

The nature of this opening chapter,1 which focuses on the historical-religious dimension, may seem to run counter to the practical emphasis of this study, which analyzes the dangers of dividing Jerusalem on a practical level. Nevertheless, this chapter is essential. […] Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division – Introduction

Dividing Jerusalem would deny the Jewish people’s right, connection and commitment to Jerusalem. Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division cover

Dividing Jerusalem and subtracting its Arab neighborhoods is likely to cause much worse security problems. Read More »

The “Status Quo” on the Temple Mount

The old status quo on the Temple Mount has been greatly degraded. Read More »

The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem

Why This Study Was Written The Israeli building program known as E1 (East-1), situated between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim, has been on the Israeli and world agenda for twenty years. It is subject to a severe Israeli-Palestinian dispute and prompts […] Read More »

The “Al-Aksa is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

Palestinians often hear from their leaders that a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, al-Aksa mosque, is in danger of collapse – and the Jews are to blame. Read More »

9. The Archeological Digs: Near the Temple Mount and Not Under It

The Archeological Digs: Near the Temple Mount and Not Under It The archeological digs Israel has conducted over the years near the Temple Mount are a laudable scientific and cultural endeavor. Publication of the results has enabled all lovers of […] Read More »

The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel:
The History of a Lie

Palestinians often hear from their leaders that a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, al-Aksa mosque, is in danger of collapse – and the Jews are to blame. Whether printed in cartoons, preached in mosques or taught in schools, the lie […] Read More »

10. The Danger to Al-Aksa from Muslim Building Activity in Solomon’s Stables

Background: For years Muslims have raised a hue and cry all over the world about Israel’s purported aim to level the Temple Mount mosques and build the Third Temple in their stead. As we have seen clearly, the charge is […] Read More »

Prologue

“Al-Aksa is in danger” is a classic libel that was embroidered in the first half of the twentieth century against the Jewish people, the Zionist movement, and, eventually, the State of Israel. The state and its institutions – so, in brief, […] Read More »

Afterword

The “Al-Aksa is in danger” libel essentially resembles the anti-Jewish blood libels originating in the Middle Ages. It is a baseless fabrication that emerged in a religious context, but also has clear-cut political and national components. Many Muslims throughout the […] Read More »

8. Terror from the Temple Mount Mosques

Given the “Al Aksa is in danger” libel, the calls to come and defend the mosques even if it means sacrificing one’s life and shedding blood, and the violent language Muslim clerics have used within and outside the Temple Mount […] Read More »

Endnotes

Prologue 1. At present the Fatah movement is part of the Palestinian Authority. 2. A photo of the letter from December 3, 2000, found at Orient House, which in the 1980s and 1990s served as the PLO’s headquarters in Jerusalem, […] Read More »

1. Introduction

This book centers on the modern blood libel “Al-Aksa is in danger” – its roots, attributes, and various manifestations. The libel is directed at the State of Israel, the Zionist movement, and the Jewish people. It has become integral to the […] Read More »

2. The Israeli Relinquishment of the Temple Mount

The most relevant factual basis for disproving the “Al-Aksa is in danger” libel is, as noted, the de facto Israeli relinquishment of the Temple Mount, for which I could find no precedent in any other country or religion. The birthfather of […] Read More »

3. Advocate of the “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel:
Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini

The birthfather of the “Al-Aksa is in danger” libel, the first in the new era to claim that the Jews were scheming to destroy the Al-Aksa Mosque and build the Third Temple in its place, was Grand Mufti Haj Amin […] Read More »

4. The Muslims Rewrite the History of Jerusalem

From the moment Jerusalem was unified in June 1967 and its eastern part came under Israeli rule, the Palestinians and the Arabs began to portray Al-Haram al-Sharif as “Al-Aksa that has fallen prisoner to the Jews,” while the mount rose […] Read More »

5. Forms of the Libel: Identifying a Country with the Extremism It Fights Against

In August 2008, an animated film broadcast on Hamas’ Al-Aksa TV channel showed a group of Jews, haredi in appearance (sidelocks and brimmed hats), busily digging a tunnel under the Temple Mount mosques with hoes and sledgehammers. The Jews are portrayed […] Read More »

6. Sheikh Raed Salah as Successor of the Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini

Sheikh Raed Salah as Successor of the Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini If in the first three decades after the Six-Day War it was Jordan and the Palestinians who set the tone on the Temple Mount,(1) each making use of the “Al-Aksa […] Read More »

7. Raed Salah and the Vision of a Global Islamic Caliphate: A Danger to Peace and the Western World

On June 3, 2010, Iranian television offered a live broadcast of the mass reception that Israeli Arabs gave Sheikh Raed Salah after he was released from a police investigation. Salah was arrested for participating in the Turkish flotilla that sought to […] Read More »

Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem

The Israeli building program known as E1 (East-1), situated between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim, has been on the Israeli and world agenda for twenty years. It is subject to a severe Israeli-Palestinian dispute and prompts strong international
opposition. Read More »

The “Al-Aksa is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

The modern blood libel “Al-Aksa is in danger” has come to be regarded as unalloyed truth by millions in the Muslim world. Read More »

The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel:
The History of a Lie

The modern blood libel “Al-Aksa is in danger,” referring to the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, originated in the days of Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, ally of Hitler, and is propagated today by Sheikh Raed Salah, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran, and many others in the Muslim world. Now that it has come to be regarded as unalloyed truth by millions in the Muslim world, it is urgent to address this lie.

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The Mughrabi Gate to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem: The Urgent Need for a Permanent Access Bridge

In 2004, ascent to the Mughrabi Gate of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem collapsed and was replaced by a temporary wooden bridge. Read More »

Rachel’s Tomb, a Jewish Holy Place, Was Never a Mosque

Rachel’s Tomb, located some 460 meters south of Jerusalem’s municipal boundary, has been identified for over 1,700 years as the grave of the Jewish matriarch Rachel. Read More »

Rachel’s Tomb, a Jewish Holy Place, Was Never a Mosque

UNESCO has declared that Rachel’s Tomb near Jerusalem is a mosque – endorsing a Palestinian claim that first surfaced only in 1996 and which ignores centuries of Muslim tradition.
Rachel’s Tomb never served as a mosque for the Muslims. It has been identified for over 1,700 years as the grave of the Jewish matriarch Rachel. The depiction of Rachel’s Tomb has appeared in thousands of Jewish religious books, paintings, photographs, stamps, and works of art. Read More »

Demography, Geopolitics, and the Future of Israel’s Capital: Jerusalem’s Proposed Master Plan

The planned inventory of Jewish housing in Jerusalem does not meet expected needs for 2020, while the planned inventory of Arab housing will suffice until at least 2030. Read More »

Jerusalem: Dangers of Division

A principal argument of those who support the division of Israel’s capital is the need to improve the city’s demographic balance between Jews and Arabs in favor of Jews. Read More »

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem: Why Continued Israeli Control Is Vital

The Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, that the Palestinians demand to transfer to their control, is the most important Jewish cemetery in the world. The area has constituted a religious and national pantheon for the Jewish people and the State of Israel, containing the tombs of the illustrious dead of the nation over the course of 3,000 years. Read More »

The U.S.-Israeli Dispute over Building in Jerusalem: The Sheikh Jarrah-Shimon HaTzadik Neighborhood

The Sheikh Jarrah-Mt. Scopus area – the focus of a dispute between the Obama administration and Israel over building housing units in the Shepherd Hotel compound – has been a mixed Jewish-Arab area for many years. Many observers incorrectly assume that Jerusalem is comprised of two ethnically homogenous halves: Jewish western Jerusalem and Arab eastern Jerusalem. Yet in the eastern part of Jerusalem there are today some 200,000 Jews and 270,000 Arabs living in intertwined neighborhoods. Read More »

Protecting the Contiguity of Israel: The E-1 Area

The completion of the E-1 construction plan would not cut the West Bank in half and undermine Palestinian contiguity. Read More »

The European Union Report on Jerusalem: Distortions and Omissions

An imbalanced EU position paper on Jerusalem written in December 2008, and recently leaked to the media, completely ignores Israel’s historical and legal rights to its capital. The EU attack refers primarily to the City of David, located just beyond Jerusalem’s Old City walls, an area identified by archaeologists and historians as the location of King David’s capital some 3,000 years ago. Read More »

Releasing Terrorists: New Victims Pay the Price

According to an informal estimate by Israeli security bodies, about 50 percent of the terrorists freed for any reason whatsoever returned to the path of terror, either as a perpetrator, a planner, or as an accomplice. In the terror acts committed by these freed terrorists, hundreds of Israelis were murdered, and thousands were wounded. Read More »

The Latest Damage to Antiquities on the Temple Mount

In the summer of 2007, the Muslim Waqf in Jerusalem requested authorization to dig a ditch dozens of meters long to replace power lines on the Temple Mount. Subsequently, the Israel Antiquities Authority issued details about the uncovering of a “sealed stratum of human activity,” a layer of earth with pottery shards found broken in situ, where they had remained without change since the days of the First Temple. Read More »

Jerusalem: Dangers of Division

The main reason for the decrease in the Jewish majority in Jerusalem is that large numbers of Jews are leaving the city. Read More »

The Palestinian Authority and the Jewish Holy Sites in the West Bank:
Rachel’s Tomb as a Test Case

Rachel’s Tomb lies on the northern outskirts of Bethlehem, about 460 meters (about 500 yards) south of the Jerusalem municipal border, and for more than 1,700 years has been identified as the tomb of the matriarch Rachel. In 2000, after hundreds of years of recognizing the site as Rachel’s Tomb, Muslims began calling it the “Bilal ibn Rabah mosque” – a claim that ignored Ottoman decrees that gave Jews the right of access to the site at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Read More »