Dr. David Koren
Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem for Arab and eastern Jerusalem affairs.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Koren leads a team of ten experts and officials responsible for community relations and strategic development of the Muslim and Christian sectors of the city. He was head of the Middle East branch in the National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office (2008-2010), and served for many years in IDF Military Intelligence. He lectures in Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University, Hebrew University and Kiryat Ono College, and has taught at Ariel University and Shalem College.
Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem for Arab and eastern Jerusalem affairs.
Eastern Jerusalem: End of an Intermediate Era
The struggle for sovereignty in Jerusalem has transitioned from the "Jerusalem of Above" – in the sense of the political summits of Oslo and Annapolis – to the "Jerusalem of Below," in the sense of daily life in the city. Governance and sovereign rule in eastern Jerusalem requires a quantum leap in the level of services provided by Israel, alongside effective community policing efforts.
Fear Triumphs: On the Nonparticipation of Eastern Jerusalem Arabs in Municipal Elections
Despite the desire of Arabs in eastern Jerusalem for greater integration in Israeli life, their fear of the Palestinian Authority and its agents kept them away from the polls in October. And while seeking pragmatic and constructive integration in Jerusalem, they still adhere to the Palestinian side of the identity axis. Once again, 38% of the capital city's residents remain outside its political arena.
The desire of eastern Jerusalem Arabs to integrate in Israeli society outweighs the threats of the Palestinian Authority.
Dr. David Koren, Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem, and a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, talks about the struggle between Israelization and Islamization in eastern Jerusalem.