This article focuses on Jerusalem's Musrara—a neighborhood trapped between bor-ders—between 1948 and 1967. Barbed wire running along the eastern side of the neighborhood divided the city of Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967. Musrara's western border separated it from West Jerusalem, thus enhancing the division between its residents— new immigrants of Middle Eastern descent—and the mainly Ashkenazi population of the western part of Jerusalem. Our analysis of a neighborhood on the margins of Jewish and Arab existence in post-1948 Jerusalem considers the perspectives of immigrants and refugees living on a double border that separated the Eastern-Arab part of the city from its Western-Jewish part, or between “old Jerusalem” and “new Jerusalem.” The border also signifed the boundary between “frst Israel” and “second Israel,” or the Jewish frontier and neighborhoods in the city center.
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- Mizrahi struggle
- divided city
- urban line