The Jerusalem-blog is a place for thought and information on Jerusalem, a city holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims contested between Israelis and Palestinians.
I don't advocate radical solutions. To the contrary, the goal of this blog is to provide mental and verbal space for the advancement of moderation and compromise.
Here are some more radical solutions that I've considered in the past but don't believe are practical.
1) Hand the city over to FIFA, play soccer turnaments every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Anyone who does not like it should move to Damascus or Tel Aviv. (Rejected because of FIFA's alleged corruption.)
2) Flatten the city and build another one in its place. (Rejected: Neo-Babylonians tried this, but then the Persians overthrew them and allowed the Jews to rebuild. The Romans did it, but then they revived the city and turned it into a major Christian pilgrimage site, forbidden to Jews. As long the memory of Jerusalem lasts, no attempt to erase it will succeed.)
3) Eliminate all holy scriptures so as to cause believers to forget why they raise such a fuss about the city. (Book burnings have been tried by the Catholics and the Nazis. This also isn't very practical or successul at erasing every possible memory, other than in science fiction.)
I am inviting everyone to post alternate solutions to the Jerusalem problem, which will continue to trouble and engage us for the foreseeable future.
Michael Zank is professor of religion at Boston University where he teaches classes in Jewish Studies, western religion (Bible, Moses, Jerusalem) and philosophy of religion. He holds a graduate degree in Protestant Theology and a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (Brandeis University 1994) and is currently writing a brief history of Jerusalem. For more, see HERE.