Thursday, December 8, 2011

Interesting article, history is still changing the conflict

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The West Bank Story, the movie I brought up in class about falafel, is not on instant streaming on here is the link to it on google video:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

i dont know how to feel...

These two links to the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement website informed me of what is currently going on in Jerusalem. I am saddened and discouraged by the news. I wonder how the people fighting for peace are still willingly to go out and protest this Friday. I believe it is very brave of them. It is very hard for me to fully conceptualize this situation fully. I am hoping that meeting Eitan Grossman tomorrow will give me a better understanding of how the people involved are feeling at this point and what they hope the outcome of Friday will be.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The following article, "Genuine solidarity vs. stale promises" was written by Eitan Grossman in July of this year. Grossman is the Isreali Sheikh Solidarity Movement organizer. The follwing statement by Grossman contains an important criteral of the negotations for peace and futher explanations is given in the following article. Enjoy!

"Solidarity is not making a theoretical argument for a two-state solution or for a unilateral declaration of independence. Rather, the struggle is for the recognition and support of the basic right of Palestinians to national self-determination, out of recognition that political independence is not the goal of negotiations, but rather a prerequisite for it. As Nelson Mandela put it, only a free man can negotiate: only when Palestinians and Israelis are free from the occupation will they be able to begin negotiating for peace."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Reading for Wednesday 10/19

I was really confused in class today. What did we decide was the reading for Wednesday?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

PYALARA's video chat!

Hello everyone, my name is Ahmed Hasna and I will be talking to you over a video call tomorrow morning. Please do not mind the incoherent language I am using or punctuation, it’s 1 AM here in Jerusalem!

Every single time Dr. Horowitz invites me to talk about Jerusalem to one of her classes I pause and think to myself: “Where do I start?” Jerusalem in itself whether as a city, a pillar of history –both modern and ancient-, or the mere culture blender, is nothing short of a lifetime of studying and investigation. I am quite sure talking to Salim Tamari gave you a closer look at the social fabric of the city and its historical ties. Born and raised in Jerusalem I guess my role comes in explaining the how-abouts of living in Jerusalem, the day to day experiences we get to “enjoy” (or otherwise) which involves of course the politics of Palestine in the eyes of youth, the opportunities we get or lack thereof in addition to the challenges imposed by various factors onto our lives. Now I know from previous experiences that a video chat would not be enough to convey the complete picture, but I promise to do my best to answer all your questions tomorrow.

In case you haven’t already submitted your questions on the class blog please feel free to e-mail them at and I will respond to them ASAP.

Looking forward to “meeting” you all tomorrow.

All the best,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thank You Note Example

Class Blog Note/Style Instructions

Please label your posts on the class blog if:

1) You are posting a "Representation Bloopers"

2) You are posting a questions about Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, use the "Religious Questions" Label.

Background on First Council of Nicea

This is an article from The Catholic Encyclopedia about the First Council of Nicea held in 325 AD.

It is a good introductory article to answer questions about the formation of Christianity.

Hope this helps put Armstrong's Chpts 8-10 in context!


The Rosh Hashanah video and Israeli response

shana tova,
although i am afraid this group functions in the ocuupied territories....and nobody mentiones that or their neighbors in their elaborate, talkative website

Important: Please Answer

Hi Class, It was brought to my attention that some classes are cancelled on the Monday of Thanksgiving week. I would be willing to do so if that helps you out with your travels, but we would have to have a double class to get the presentations in -- we could start earlier (ugh) or stay later? Do you want to voice opinions on that?

-Dr. H

Syllabus Change

Mariam Said will meet students on the Monday Oct 24 not Wednesday Oct 26. The syllabus will be updated soon to reflect the difference

for some reason to i cant comment on megan's here is my comment

I am also stunned by the stark contrast of the Quran to the two other Abrahamic texts. I think it is important to realise that one voice, in one life time wrote the text which millions of people regard as sacred.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

image for class blog

After looking over images, I do not think I can objectively come up with a collated image which would represent all peoples of Jerusalem equally. I still do not know enough about Jerusalem, and her people especially, to create an image which would be equal. Therefore, I think we should stick with the image of the sun over the city. I think this is an image which does not show much symbolism in regards to taking a side, and it can be viewed from the eyes of many and defined in multiple ways.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Updated Email Addresses

Hello All,

Here are the updated email addresses I have gotten in my email:

Alex Moler:
Allison Yates:
Ben Westfall:
Megan Watson:
Abby Rivin: 
Lindsey Keiser:

If your name is not on that list above, please comment here with your email address  



Monday, September 12, 2011

New Student


Addy Rivin ( to LJ class. I will update Class Roster at bottom of this page soon

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Information about Comments and Individual Blog Privacy Settings

Blogger Has some links and information regarding blog settings that you can use to make your individual blogs accessible to the entire class and customize your privacy settings.

How do I enable comments on my blog?

How do I control who can view my blog?

If you have any questions, please contact me and Professor Horowitz.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

How to Create and Follow a Blog on Blogger

How to Create a Blog on

1. Go to
2. Sign in using your Email and Password (same as what you used to register on the Class Blog)
3. Click the "Create a Blog" Button on the right-hand side of the page.
4. Follow the Directions on the site: Name your blog, Choose Template, etc.
5. Click Start Blogging Arrow
6. Click View Blog Button
7. You finished creating your blog! Once you have finished, please email me (Jay) at the url (web address) of your blog (for example

How to Follow a Blog:
1. Enter the url (webaddress) of desired blog. (see class contact list for this information)
2. On the right-hand side of the blog page, click the Follow Tab
3. Click "Follow this Blog" (on the new window that opens up)
4. Click Done.



Welcome to the Class Blog for the Fall 2011 Living Jerusalem Class at Indiana University!
Be Sure to Check Out the Living Jerusalem Project's Website.