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Author: Raphael Israeli
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Title: Green Crescent Over Nazareth: The Displacement of Christians by Muslims in the Holy Land (Israeli History, Politics and Society)
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Green Crescent Over Nazareth: The Displacement of Christians by Muslims in the Holy Land (Israeli History, Politics and Society) by Raphael Israeli



The story of Nazareth, and the political and cultural struggle between the Christian and Muslim communities that clearly characterize it, is explained in great detail and is the focus of the book. Export citation Request permission.

Raphael Israeli's "Green Crescent over Nazareth analyzes the rising tensions between Muslims and Christians in Nazareth, a traditionally Arab Christian city located in Israel. Volume 43 Number 3 -Loren D. Lybarger, California State University, Chico/ History of Religions, 02/2004. The copy of this that I read was a paperback published in the 1990s. I don't know if this hardback copy represents an updated version or simply a reprint.

Raphael Israeli (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) has produced a work detailing what he portrays as Muslim-Christian discord among the Palestinian citizens of Nazareth, Israel's largest Arab city. He begins with an examination of Nazareth's history, especially the modern era, and takes care to detail the traditionally important Christian presence in the town. Israeli believes that the episode serves as a warning not just to Israel's Christians but the Israeli body politic in general. The problem with this book is that politics in Nazareth are much more complicated than Israeli portrays.

Green Crescent over Nazareth The displacement of Christians by Muslims in the Holy Land Raphael Israeli 23. Jerusalem Divided The Armistice Region, 1947–1967 Raphael Israeli. 31. War in Palestine, 1948 Strategy and diplomacy David Tal 32. Rethinking the Middle East Efraim Karsh 33. Ben-Gurion against the Knesset Giora Goldberg 34. Trapped Fools Thirty years of Israeli policy in the Territories Schlomo Gazit. 43. Israeli Institutions at Crossroads Raphael Cohen-Almagor 44.

Raphael Israeli8 de abril de 2014. The Rise of Israel: A History of a Revolutionary State. The state of Israel is one of the most controversial countries in the world. Yet, its unique creation and rise to power in 1948 has not been adequately explained either by its friends (mainstream Zionists) nor by its detractors (Arabists and post-Zionists).

by Raphael Israeli London: Frank Cass & C. 2002. As recently as 1995, the geographer Chad Emmett could write a study of Christians and Muslims in Nazareth and worry more about future relations between the two groups than about the continued existence of Christians in the town of Nazareth. Well, the events of December 1997 made the latter issue clear to those who had missed it earlier: that's when Islamists took over the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation, declared the area a waqf, then put up a fence and a tent as a stand-in for the future mosque to be built on the site.

I can begin this process by locating one such instance in a narrative published in The Delhi Gazette in December 1857, by J F Kitchen, Head Assistant to the Collector of Goregaon the Magistrate that a body of mutineers from the ‘3rd Cavalry’ were headed towards the city with the intention of ‘polish off Goregaon Christians’ - but it is largely characteristic of the narrative as a whole that the rebel ‘sowars’ (cavalrymen) are not glossed according to their religious affiliation.

London: Frank Cass, 2002. Holy Places or Historical Sites? Defining Sacred and Archaeological Sites in Israel, 1948–1967. Bar. Ladylike Religion: Ritual and Agency in the Life of an Eleventh-Century Japanese Noblewoman.

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The book will be of great interest to students of Israeli society and to anyone looking into the issues of Jewish identity, Israeli nationalism and ethnicity, religion and politics in Israel, and the sociology of religion. Green Crescent over Nazareth The displacement of Christians by Muslims in the Holy Land Raphael Israeli.

This is the story of the cultural and political struggle between Christians and Muslims, and of the rapid Islamicization of Nazareth - the birthplace of Christianity - ironically, under the rule of the Jewish State of Israel.
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This book details the complex Muslim-Christian discord between citizens of Nazareth (a city under Israeli jurisdiction) seemingly as an example of the greater scope of interethnic problems in the area.

It Begins with a short chapter on historical Nazareth to the First World War, its vicissitudes of prosperity and decline, Muslim and Christian power. With chapter two, we move into the history of "Modern Nazareth" (i.e. under British mandate), under which it was "a thriving center of Christian activity, mainly religious but also charitable, social, cultural and political." Chapter three picks up the history of Nazareth after the Israeli War of Independence and the establishment of Israel (1948), after which many Muslim refugees fled there for safety. At this time, the demographic balance began to shift. Though Christian depopulation throughout Israel was rapid in these years, it was statistical as much as due to an exodus, for the Arab birthrate went up dramatically and various annexations (i.e. East Jerusalem) shifted numbers around. In Nazareth, the pace of change appeared to be quicker than elsewhere, and soon Christians were a minority.

Chapter four focuses on the complex local Arab political scene, for which Nazareth was the hub. The variety of characters and parties is staggering, but one in particular emerges from the milieu--Tufiq Zyyad, the "immensely charismatic and forceful poet" who became the first Muslim leader of the Communist Party, as well as the mayor of Nazareth. During his tenure (and that of the next several Muslim mayors), the Christian marginalization in Nazareth reached its peak.

Chapter five, then, deals with the aftermath of his death, and the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communist Party, most members of which simply switched modes of radicalism--to Islamic fundamentalism. Also at this time, with the discrediting of Communism, the city elected a Christian mayor. The Islamists then began to use their "demographic edge" to gain control over the city. To this end, they declared the plaza of the Basilica of the Annunciation to be waqf. Following some Islamist victories in local politics, the process of building a mosque there began.
Which brings us to Chapter six, which covers the Nazareth situation at the time of writing (2000), the implications of the construction plans and possible social and political results. Chapter seven, entitled "The Shihab-a-Din Controversy", covers the struggle for power over a portion of the Basilica.

The remaining four chapters (bar the final one) trace the history-as-it-happens of the struggle for power in the city. The final chapter, "Lessons and Conclusions" suggests the Islamists have learned from the Nazareth experience that "if they are persistent enough and aggressive enough, they are bound to win their case". It lists the achievements of the Islamists and the prospects for the Christian citizens, which are "gloomy". It also asks some unanswered questions from the Israeli government's point of view (what a surprise!) It also reminds that as long as Israel is committed to its megalomaniacal land-grabbing program in the Middle East, there will never be peace there.

The copy of this that I read was a paperback published in the 1990s. I don't know if this hardback copy represents an updated version or simply a reprint.
Frostdefender
An eye opener and very pertinent in view of the ongoing destruction of Christianity in the Middle East by Muslims after the catastrophic US invasion and "regime change" in Iraq.
Kiaile
Comprehensive summation of how Islam took over Nazareth