APN yesterday hosted award winning novelist James Carroll for a conversation about Jerusalem on the occasion of “Jerusalem Day,” a national Israeli holiday marking the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem.”
Carroll had strong words about the fundamentalist Christian right’s support for of the most extremist Israeli ultra-nationalists, who reject any territorial compromise with the Palestinians.
Carroll’s new book “Jerusalem, Jerusalem” reflects on the relationship between “celestial Jerusalem,” a city holy to the world’s chief monotheistic religions, and “terrestrial Jerusalem,” a poor bi-national city, divided and tortured by conflict.
Carroll is a former Catholic priest and an expert on the intersection of politics and religion. He sharply criticized fundamentalist Christians for further fueling the Arab-Israeli conflict rather than contributing to resolve it.