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A visit to Eastern Jerusalem and NGO Monitor
David Brummer, Media analyst, writer, and consultant on Middle Eastern affairs recently visited Jerusalem. At his blog BrumSpeak be posted details about his visit.
The highlights include a trip to East Jerusalem with Judy Balint and a visit to NGO Monitor and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Brummer introduces some of the little known history of East Jerusalem and the peace process. He sums up saying
"Jerusalem is emblematic of the complexities and competing claims for sacred space. But it is easy to understand why a unified Jerusalem is so significant from a Jewish perspective."
In his meeting with NGO Monitor's Director, Gerald Steinberg, he heard how powerful NGO's exploit the rhetoric of universal human rights and international law to promote ideological and political campaigns, and noted the important work NGO Monitor was doing to highlight this.
At the JCPA he met with Dori Gold and discussed 'Defensible Borders' and 'A United Jerusalem', noting that Jerusalem would run the risk of 'Talibanization' were it to be divided.
The blog post can be read here