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Wallach, Yair (2023) 'De l’inscription rituelle au texte séditieux : les graffitis hébraïques du mur des Lamentations, de l’Antiquité au 20e siècle.' 20 and 21. Revue d'histoire, 2022/4 (156). pp. 85-101.

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For centuries, Jewish pilgrims to Jerusalem wrote their names on the stones of the Western Wall as part of their devotional practice. This custom was abruptly outlawed by British colonial authorities in 1930, after the Western Wall became the epicenter of the emerging Zionist-Arab conflict. Under the new circumstances, Hebrew graffiti assumed a new political dimension and was interpreted as a subversive intervention that could no longer be tolerated. British colonial rulers, Arab and Muslim leaders, and even the Zionist champions, all viewed the graffiti as sedition. In the aftermath of the uprising, graffiti was therefore banned, erased from both the stones and Jewish cultural memory.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre for Jewish Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
ISSN: 02941759
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in '20 and 21. Revue d'histoire', 2022/4 (156). pp. 85-101, published by Presses de Sciences Po. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2023 07:31
Related URLs: https://www.cai ... 2-4-page-85.htm (Publisher URL)

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