Palestine has experienced wave after wave of conquest and colonization, with the current occupation by Israel being both the latest and the most systematic. In the land where the Bible was formed we find a complex interaction of politics, scriptures and religion. This paper will focus on Russian interests in Palestine as one significant historical expression of the desire to possess Jerusalem that has shaped Jewish identities, motivated the Crusaders, and remains at the heart of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This ‘lust for Zion’ has a complex relationship with the Bible, which has itself been repeatedly occupied by those seeking to colonize the land and drive out the indigenous peoples.
|Title of host publication||Postcolonial voices from down under|
|Subtitle of host publication||Indigenous matters, confronting readings|
|Place of Publication||Eugene, OR|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||9781532605864, 9781532605888|
|Publication status||Published - 09 Jun 2017|
Jenks, G. (2017). Pilgrims and powerbrokers: The Russian fascination with Jerusalem. In J. Havea (Ed.), Postcolonial voices from down under: Indigenous matters, confronting readings (pp. 73-87). Pickwick Publications.