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April 04, 2005

Jews in Eastern Jerusalem

In the "Distorted through Gross Lack of Context" category, we have a paragraph about eastern Jerusalem from Greg Myre's April 4th article in the NY Times, "Mystery of the 2 Hotels Embroils Greeks, Jews and Arabs." Myre writes:

Israel annexed East Jerusalem after capturing it from Jordan in 1967, but the move has never been recognized internationally. While no Israelis were living in East Jerusalem in the years before the war, they now outnumber Arabs there, according to the Israeli government.

There were no Israelis in eastern Jerusalem only between 1948 and 1967 because in 1948, the Jordanians killed or expelled all the Jews living there, as well as destroying over 50 synagogues and Jewish institutions, many of which were hundreds of years old. In 1967, after being attacked by Jordan, Israel was victorious in pushing the Jordanians back, and in reuniting the eastern section of Jerusalem with its western side. Jews were once again able to live in eastern Jerusalem, as they had for thousands of years.

Posted by LG at April 4, 2005 04:30 PM