Jerusalem has become a symbol of the world's past. In one sense, of course, it is holy ground to three of the world's great historical religions. The very identity of Muslims, Christians, and Jews are bound up in stories in which the city of Jerusalem plays a large, and sometimes central, role. But Jerusalem is also a symbol of the past in a much different way. Much like today's system of states, the debate concerning sovereignty over Jerusalem is a prisoner of the history of international law-a history that has been told in the language of absolute and undivided sovereignty of the state.
Antonio F. Perez, Sovereignty, Freedom, and Civil Society: Toward a New Jerusalem, 45 CATH. U. L. REV. 851 (1996).