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Rebecca Goldsmith (AJ 09.03.06) makes good points with reference to the work done by some liberal academics and architects to promote peace between Palestinians and Israelis and that this needs to be acknowledged. It might, however, be good for her to read City of Stone: the Hidden History of Jerusalem by Meron Benvenisti (University of California Press, Berkeley, 1998).

Benvenisti was a long-term deputy mayor of Jerusalem - much of it during the mayorship of Teddy Kollek. He said Kollek's sole aim was to 'determine physical and demographic 'facts' that will ensure Israeli rule over the unified city' and 'to prevent the growth of the Arab population or the expansion of its living space'.

Ayyub Malik, by email

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