The Nabi Musa Festival - part III
Led by General Allenby, British troops entered Jerusalem in December 1917, ending Ottoman rule and opening a new and crucial era in the history of Jerusalem and Palestine. The history of Jerusalem has traditionally been depicted as the quintessential history of conflict and strife, of ethnic and communal tensions and of incompatible national narratives and visions. The transition from Ottoman to British rule marked a dramatic and radical change in the history of the city, often described as the beginning of a period of great transformation. Looking at the riots that took place in the city in April 1920, this episode will explore the emergence of structured urban violence in Jerusalem and the ways it
superseded communal violence. The context is provided by the political framework set by the British with the Balfour Declaration, the largescale arrival of Zionists in Palestine and the reshaping of the urban fabric of Jerusalem.
Mazza, Roberto (2013). Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British.
Mazza, Roberto (2015) Transforming the Holy City From Communal Clashes to Urban Violence, the Nebi Musa Riots in 1920.
Halabi, Awad (2023), Palestinian Rituals of Identity. The Prophet Moses Festival in Jerusalem, 1850-1948
(Short video on the riots including original footage)
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