Kedem complex was the final piece Israel needed to secure its complete control over the area around al-Haram al-Sharif. Now tourists will enter from Jaffa Gate [an entrance from West Jerusalem into the Old City], walk through the Jewish quarter, see the Western Wall, visit the City of David and get their information from the Kedem complex.
The experience would reinforce both the idea of Israel’s physical control of the area and a hardline nationalist narrative associated with Israel’s far right. The sites and signs will look Israeli; all the information and tours will consolidate an exclusively Jewish narrative. Most Israeli and foreign tourists will have no idea that they are in Palestinian territory. It will feel to them like they are still in Israel. Continue reading →