Shmuel Berkowitz

Dr. Shmuel Berkowitz, Adv. is a renowned expert on Jerusalem and the holy places in Israel from a historical, religious, legal, and political perspective. He is a researcher, a lecturer in universities and research institutes, and an adviser to the Government of Israel, the President of Israel, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Ateret Cohanim, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and various Christian committees. He is the author of Wars of the Holy Places (Jerusalem, 2000), and How Awesome Is This Place (Jerusalem, 2006), as well as numerous articles. The book Wars of the Holy Places won first prize at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies for top research in the field of Israeli security in 2001.

Publications by Shmuel Berkowitz

The Status of Jerusalem in International and Israeli Law

The Status of Jerusalem in International and Israeli Law

This monograph, however, shows that Israel has valid legal status in Jerusalem. Israel gained control of both parts of the city after Jordan and other Arab states declared war upon it in May 1948 and in June 1967 respectively. In doing so, Israel exercised its right to self-defense, which international law recognizes as a legitimate reason for using military force. Read More »

The Status of Jerusalem in International and Israeli Law

This monograph shows that Israel has valid legal status in Jerusalem. Read More »