Jerusalem’s Alternative Collective Memory Agents

in Israel Studies Review
Author: Menachem Klein1
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  • 1 Bar-Ilan University, Israel
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Jerusalem played an important role in the establishment of collective memory studies by Maurice Halbwachs in the early twentieth century. Recent studies in this field draw attention to the contribution of a variety of agents to building, maintaining, and challenging collective memory realms. Following suit, this article deals with the methods that agents of an alternative collective memory for Jerusalem use to challenge the Israeli hegemonic narrative. Before reviewing their activities in East and West Jerusalem and their resources and impact, I summarize the hegemonic narrative as presented in four memory realms. Special attention is given to both sides’ use of the Internet as a means of overcoming the physical limitations of memory realms.

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MENACHEM KLEIN is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University and a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London. His latest books are Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron (2014) and Arafat and Abbas: Portraits of Leadership in a State Postponed (2019). E-mail:


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