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Jerusalem Unified

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This month—June 2017—marks the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem as the undivided, eternal capital of the Jewish people. What was the city’s status before Israeli victory in 1967’s Six Day War? At that time, Eastern Jerusalem and the Old City were occupied by Jordan; all Jewish residents had been either killed or driven out, and even Jewish tourists were banned from ancient holy places like the Western Wall.

The UN Partition Plan of 1947 had called for international status for all of Jerusalem, but the Arabs rejected the plan and destroyed 58 synagogues in the ancient Jewish Quarter. UN control of Jerusalem was supposed to last only 10 years, when residents would vote to decide the city’s permanent status. Since Jerusalem’s population was two-thirds Jewish in 1947, and remains so today, the Holy City would have ended up as the undivided capital of the Jewish state of Israel, even under the UN’s original plans.

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  1. Billy  •  Jun 9, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Wasn't it the Israelis who banned Jews from gaza, from racing them from their homes and bulldozing said homes just 12 years ago?
    Can the Jewish state call itself Jewish when it states clearly that Jews cannot live in gaza?
    Since israel has no constitution or trials by jury, they are subject to the militaristic, corrupt communitarian socialism of their so called Knesset and their corrupt prime minister, Bennie milikowsky(stage name Netanyahu)

    • Terrence  •  Jun 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      oh, you mean those homes that were used to launch rockets at Jewish homes?

  2. Christina Landree  •  Jun 24, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I'm glad that you can stick up for Trump but my Bible says not to stick up for liars cheats or bullies period and now he has taken his Muslim ban and added it to his immigration bill. The reason I say that is people in war-torn countries don't normally run around with two sacks of krugerrands in each hand so I don't understand how this megalomaniac can expect people to come here with their shirts on their backs and pay for everything right up front! All he thinks about is winning and money it's really sad to know that my president doesn't give a fat rat's patootie about the people in his country only money.

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