The conflict over demography and geography is at the heart of the Palestinian-Zionist conflict. During the last century, there have been shifts in the status of Palestinian and Israeli demography, which have brought about geopolitical changes, and swings in power relations and in the distribution and control of resources. This study deals with the demographic projections for the city of Jerusalem, in order to examine the city’s status within the Palestinian-Zionist conflict. The article identifies the demographic conditions in Jerusalem and analyzes the city’s national, ethnic, cultural, religious, and geopolitical attributes. The relationship between demographics, geography, and democracy, and how these considerations are employed in spatial planning and resource control are also discussed. Forecasts for future demographic trends and their projected consequences are argued by monitoring and critically analyzing quantitative data collected from Palestinian and Israeli sources, as well as by reviewing the literature, plans, and programs shaping Jerusalem and its environs at present and for the foreseeable future.
ديموغرافيّات القدس: التاريخ، التحوّلات، والتوقّعات