Jerusalem has been fought over for millennia, and continues to be to this day. The struggles have often turned violent, as the city has been battled over by many civilizations, including the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Ottomans. Through it all, the Jewish people have never forgotten their connection to Jerusalem.
Now families can play for control of the holy city from the comfort of their living rooms.
Kodkod, which produces Monopoly games in Israel, has announced that it is creating a special Jerusalem-based version of the popular board game. Instead of vying for the deeds to Park Place or Boardwalk, players will vie for the deeds to the Western Wall, the City of David, the Mahane Yehuda Market, and even the Knesset.
Eli Dagani, the CEO of Kodkod, said: "This is the first time there's going to be a Monopoly game dedicated entirely to one city in Israel, and we want it to reflect the spirit of Jerusalem."
He said that there has been a high demand for a special Jerusalem-based version of Monopoly, especially from tourists to Jerusalem.
Monopoly has had several city-based versions over its 70 year history,including versions based on New York and London. There has been an Israel-based version of the game since the 1960s.
The Jerusalem version of Monopoly comes as the city prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its reunification during the Six Day War. It is expected to be marketed in other countries as well as Israel.