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8 Perspectives: Hope for Jerusalem

Jerusalem Day commemorates the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City after the June 1967 Six-Day War.  Israel calls this the reunification of Jerusalem, a day when Israel proclaims it will never again be divided.   It is a day of triumphalism.  Floods of young people come from West Bank settlements and pour through the streets of downtown Jerusalem singing songs of Israel’s greatness while carrying large flags, marching through the Old City and visiting the Western Wall. 

A New Jerusalem Day

I am an East Jerusalemite.

For those who are not familiar with Jerusalem’s recent history, in 1948 my family, along with thousands others who lived in West Jerusalem, fled the city to Jordan after hearing about the gruesome Deir Yasin massacre. The city was divided in the Nakba (1948 War);