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Armenian Ceramics in Jerusalem: Take Care Not to Add Fuel to the Anti-Israel Fire

Armenian Ceramics in Jerusalem: Take Care Not to Add Fuel to the Anti-Israel Fire
Other readers may not notice these points, but misperceptions about Israel must be corrected wherever they occur.

It made me sad to find reason to write a political piece that hones in on small details in a fascinating book telling the life story of David Ohannessian, the man who colourfully tiled the Old City of Jerusalem and established the traditional Armenian hand painted ceramics industry in Israel.With his wife and three small children he found himself first in Aleppo, Syria and then in 1918, with the help of Sir Mark Sykes, in the Old City of Jerusalem after the Ottomans were gone and it was under the auspices of the British Mandate of Palestine.He established a factory and shop on Via Dolorosa in the Old City, training orphan children in the art so that they would have a skill with which to earn a living.After the war, the family home was located in the State of Israel and the ceramics workshop in the Old City was under Jordanian occupation.

[page 262] The discerning reader will recognize the fact that in 1959 the Old City of Jerusalem was under Jordanian occupation so theoretically the family could have tried to regain their property by suing a Jordanian court at that time.The book makes no mention of the Jordanian occupation lasting from 1948 to 1967, thus leaving the naive reader to believe that Israel is at fault for what happened to her grandfather’s property in the Old City in 1959.

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