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Journal Article

The Status Quo Solution for Jerusalem

Chad F. Emmett
Journal of Palestine Studies
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Winter, 1997), pp. 16-28
DOI: 10.2307/2537780
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2537780
Page Count: 13
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The Status Quo Solution for Jerusalem
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Abstract

Sharing sovereignty of political territory is not practiced often, yet it seems to be the only reasonable solution for the complex issue of Jerusalem. Using the holy places of Jerusalem as a model, the author shows how sharing sacred space, albeit on a very small scale, can be done peacefully. For more than a century Greeks, Latins, Armenians, and Copts have shared the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an interlocking system of scattered sovereignty. Such a system also could work between Israelis and Palestinians as they share the sacred space of Jerusalem.

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