Melanie Phillips writes columns for The Daily Mail and The Spectator and appears regularly on programmes such as Moral Maze.Londonistan (2006) was a bestseller and her new book is The World Turned Upside Down.
Jerusalem is surely the most extraordinary city on earth. Fought over for centuries and now the iconic symbol of the terrible dispute between Arabs and Jews, it is the place where civilisations are layered on top of each other in ancient stones. For some, it represents danger and claustrophobic intolerance. For Melanie Phillips, however, it is a place of unparalleled beauty and tranquillity, the eternal centre of the spiritual world.