History Doesn't Have to be Boring

By Yvetta
October 30, 2010

It can often yield unexpected gems.
I wonder what contemporary negotiators will make of this development, as reported by Yisrael Medad his blog:
East" Jerusalem? No. New Jerusalem Neighborhoods
Elliot Green:
Jerusalem has had a Jewish absolute majority population since 1853, according to the contemporary French historian and diplomat, Cesar Famin.
Thus, the notion of "Arab east Jerusalem" is a post-1948 invention.
"La population sedentaire de Jerusalem est d'environ 15,500 ames:"
("The sedentary population of Jerusalem is about 15,500 souls:")

Jews . . . 8,000 . . . Juifs
Muslims . .4,000 . . . Musulmans
Christians 3,490 . . . Chretiens
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. . . . . . . 15,490

This is the place for the name and other data about Famin's book: L'Histoire de la rivalite et du protectorat des Eglises chretiennes en Orient (Paris: Firmin Didot freres, 1853). The breakdown of Jerusalem's population is on page 49.




Mon, 11/22/2010 - 09:13

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Thanks for the notation.

Yehuda Erdman

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 10:00

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You may have overlooked the fact that the 3,490 Christians were mainly local converts to Christianity and the great majority would have been ethnically Arabs. I don't deny that some would also have been e.g. Armenians, but taken overall it would seem that the population of "Arabs" as opposed to "Jews" would have been almost equal.


Mon, 11/22/2010 - 10:54

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Is this about religion or ethnicity?

I may be wrong, but I believe our Jewish DNA is very close to that of the Middle Eastern Arabs.

I saw quite recently an interesting video clip about this from America. I'll see if I can find and post it later.


Mon, 11/22/2010 - 11:08

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