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WATCH: Divided on Jerusalem Day

ByJPOST.COM STAFF, HADAS PARUSH
May 9, 2013 07:32

"There are places in the city that, yes, are not unified. We are trying, with the help of this event to bring everyone closer together."

Temple Mount aerial from north

Temple Mount aerial from north 370. (photo credit:BiblePlaces.com)

For some, Jerusalem Day stands as a day of celebration commemorating the capital’s reunification in 1967 following the Six Day War. For others, it evokes feeling of degradation and antipathy.



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"There are places in the city that, yes, are not unified. We are trying, with the help of this event to bring everyone closer together,  to try to also accept those people who don't feel unified, to try to bring them together with us," said Binyamin Goldstein one of thousands of Jewish celebrants who rejoiced in Jerusalem's Old City.

In Sultan Suliman near Damascus Gate, Arab residents questioned whether disallowing them into the Old City in order to let Jewish visitors celebrate was a sign of peace.

"We can't do anything, for Arabs, everything is forbidden," Abu Ashraf, a Sultan Suliman shop owner said.

Tensions soared Wednesday as Israel limited the entrance of Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount on Tuesday and allowed Jews to visit the compound during the celebration of Jerusalem Day.

The Jordanian parliament's lower house voting to call on the government to expel Israeli Ambassador Daniel Nevo, and to recall Jordanian Ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat.


Daniel K. Eisenbud and Ariel Ben Solomon contributed to this article.
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