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    • artcohn
    • 01.06.11 | 09:38 (IDT)

    44 years ago Jerusalem was reunited. The troops, who captured the part that Jordan had wrenched from Israel 19 years previously, wept. The dilapadated fields west of the Jaffa Gate were tobe rebuilt. The old walled city in its entirety had been to the east of the armistice line, Jordan was able to take control of all the holy places therein, and contrary to the terms of the armistice agreement, Jews were denied access to Jewish holy sites, many of which were desecrated. 34 of the 35 synagogues in the Old City, including the Hurva and the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, were destroyed over the course of the next 19 years, either razed or used as stables and hen-houses. But the Kotel and the Jewish Quarter (to berebuilt) were back in Jewish hands. Unfortunately, Moshe Dayan, in a momoent of shortsightedness, allowed the Moslem Waqf to control the Temple Mount, whiuch they have desecrated with bulldozers and trenchers, contrary to Israel's rchiaoogical laws.But, over all, Jerusalem today is far,far superior than it was 44 yearsa. It must take willful blindness for HaAretz not to see this.

    from the article: Jerusalem Day celebrations will not cover up the city's rot and discrimination
    First published 02:25 01.06.11 | Last updated 02:25 01.06.11
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