Jerusalem Day is the day Israel celebrates the re-unification of Jerusalem in 1967 and its return to the Jewish people.
Those of us who live in Israel have gotten use to the joyous marches of excited young people, ceremonies at the Kotel (Western Wall) that bring tears to our eyes, even the traffic jams! But in these days when world leaders are once again considering the division of Jerusalem, it's crucial that we not forget what it was like in 1948 when during Israel's War of Independence the Old City, East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank") were captured by Jordanian soldiers, resulting in a divided city between 1948 and 1967.
We can never allow Jerusalem to be vulnerable to attack again!
The photos below appeared in Life Magazine in 1948 showing Jewish residents of East Jerusalem escaping when Jordanian soldiers took it over and divided the City.
The next two photographs are remarkable. This is before and after of the same place!
Much of East Jerusalem was inhabited by Jews until the Arabs conquered the territory and threw out the Jews in 1948. It rightfully returned to the Jewish people 19 years later, via the 1967 war, which was started by the Arabs.
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