Israel marks 43-year rule of Arab east Jerusalem

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 21:27

Jerusalem: Israel on Tuesday starts celebrating
the anniversary of what it calls Jerusalem`s unification, its
1967 conquest of the city`s Arab sector which has since become
a major hurdle in peace efforts.

The sunset-to-sunset Jerusalem Day celebrations kick off
with an open-air concert by US funk band Kool and the Gang and
feature a ceremony at Ammunition Hill, the site of one of
Israel`s fiercest battles with Jordanian forces.
Thousands of people, mostly nationalist-religious Jews
are expected to take part tomorrow in an annual march through
Jerusalem that concludes at the Old City`s Wailing Wall, one
of the most holiest sites in Judaism

Israel marks the event in accordance with the Hebrew
calendar.

It captured Arab east Jerusalem on June 7, 1967, the
third day of the Six Day War and unilaterally annexed the
sector in a move not recognised by the international
community.

The Palestinians are determined to make east Jerusalem,
which includes the walled Old City and its holy sites, the
capital of their promised state.
But in 1980 Israel passed a law declaring Jerusalem its
"eternal and indivisible" capital. Israeli human rights groups
claim though that the Holy City is sharply divided and that
Palestinian residents suffer from discrimination.

The status of Jerusalem, together with the continuation
of Israeli settlement activity in occupied Palestinian
territory, are among the thorniest issues in Middle East peace
efforts.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 21:27

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