Muslim Arabs marked Jerusalem Day on Wednesday by violently attacking Jews throughout the capital’s Old City. The violence began atop the Temple Mount, where a mob of Arab youth heckled Jewish visitors and hurled stones at Israeli police, injuring one officer. As more security forces entered the compound, the perpetrators barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa Mosque, from where they continued to hurl stones and firecrackers. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Tensions rise in Jerusalem

Israel Today

JERUSALEM – As they have every year for the past 44 years, Israeli Jews on Wednesday marched through the streets of central Jerusalem waving Israeli flags and celebrating the reunification of their ancient capital.

The path of the annual parade takes marchers through or near to several Arab-dominated neighborhoods, as it closely follows the partition line that divided Jerusalem from 1948-1967.

Most years the parade is a peaceful exercise, and the celebrating Jews and local Arabs rarely clash in any significant way. This year was different.

With the international community increasingly backing Arab demands regarding future control of Jerusalem, tensions were high on Wednesday as the estimated 40,000 Israelis made their way toward and through Jerusalem’s Old City. Those local Arabs who support eastern Jerusalem becoming the capital of a Palestinian state (and not all of them do) saw the Israeli march as a statement that the Jewish state has no intention of meeting Arab demands.

At least one local Arab described the march as a “provocation,” ignoring the fact that Jews have been praying for 2,000 years for their return to Jerusalem.

While violence was kept to a minimum thanks to a large police force, there were three injuries as groups of Israeli Jews and Arabs clashed. At least 24 people were arrested.

In some areas, Arab counter-demonstrators were joined by leftist Israeli Jews who support surrendering Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority.

Article courtesy Israel Today Magazine.

Bibi on Jerusalem Day: This city is ours!

Israel Today

JERUSALEM – As Israel marked the 44th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that Israel would never allow the city to be again divided.

“Forty-four years ago, IDF soldiers realized the prophets’ vision and returned Jerusalem to its proper place,” Netanyahu said, referring to the liberation of the eastern half of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War.

Speaking at Jerusalem’s Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which has long been at the forefront of religious Zionism, Netanyahu continued:

“Jerusalem will never be divided. There’s nothing more holy to us than Jerusalem, we’ll protect Jerusalem, it’s unity, and we’ll build and develop it.”

President Obama and other Western leaders have been pushing hard to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks based on Arab demands that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders.

For its part, the Palestinian leadership insists it will never sign a peace deal with Israel that does not include the full surrender of the eastern half of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount.

But a Jerusalem Day poll revealed that a strong majority of Israelis remain firmly behind Netanyahu’s policies, and do not agree to divide Jerusalem even as part of a comprehensive peace agreement.

Conducted by the Geocartography Knowledge Group on behalf of Israel’s Channel One News, the survey showed that 66 percent of Israelis oppose handing over any part of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority.

A 23 percent minority said they would be willing to surrender Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods, a compromise the Palestinian Authority has already rejected.

An even larger 73 percent majority opposed placing Jerusalem’s holy sites under international control, a proposal that first came up during former US President Bill Clinton’s oversight of the peace process.

Rather than talk about how to divide Jerusalem, 67 percent of Israelis want to simply get on with building up and developing the city as the capital of Israel.

Article courtesy Israel Today Magazine.

Jerusalem Day on Capitol Hill to push for moving of U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy still located in Tel Aviv. Lorenia photo/Flickr

Jerusalem Day is a joyous holiday widely celebrated throughout Israel as the day that commemorates the reunification of the city of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel for more than 3,000 years. This year, Jerusalem Day falls on Wednesday, June 1, and will mark the 44th year since Jerusalem was reunited. Many legislators will gather on Capitol Hill to show solidarity with Israel, a much maligned nation, that is the United States’ only democratic ally in the Middle East.

This gathering is designed to join with members of Congress in support of the people of Israel and to affirm their right to the only tiny Jewish homeland in the world. \

The International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation will host a Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast on Capitol Hill followed by a press conference. Leaders of Congress will focus attention on the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which was overwhelmingly passed by both Houses of Congress and is Public Law 104-45.

Since it became law 15 years ago, successive presidents, Democrat and Republican, have postponed enactment of the law. New legislation, H.R. 1006 expresses the overwhelming wishes of the American people to immediately move the American Embassy to Jerusalem where it legally belongs. H.R. 1006 removes the waiver loophole which permits the president to continue postponing enactment of the Embassy law.