Jerusalem: One city, separate spaces

Student First Name: 
Aurora
Student Last Name: 
Echavarria
Student Picture: 
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Project Picture: 
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Expected Year of Graduation: 
2014
Department/Major: 
Geography and International Affairs
Student Team Members: 
N/A
Mentor(s): 
Lisa Benton-Short, Associate Professor of Geography
Other Team Members: 
N/A
Fun Fact About Yourself: 
Camped in Southern Siberia for one month
Project Abstract: 

This project aims to reveal how even though the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have remained, for the most part, stagnant on the issue of East Jerusalem, the built in environment of the city has continued to change. This is primarily due to Israel's use of “facts on the ground” efforts to satisfy its ideals of a “united Jerusalem”. The study concludes that Israel’s aims to illegally claim East Jerusalem have inadvertently created further demographic and geographic divisions thus making the idea of a united Jerusalem incongruent with reality. On-site analysis, interviews, and literature review were utilized to realize this project.