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Jerusalem Day

Israel celebrates it. Palestinians mourn.

by Stephen Lendman

In May 1948, Israel's independence was Palestine's Nakba. In June 1967, Jerusalem Day for Jews was Nakba 2.0 for Palestinians.

In 1948, Israelis stole 78% of historic Palestine. In 1967, they took the rest. In the process, they deprived Palestinians of their historic capital even though the UN declared Jerusalem an international city.

Israel transformed Jerusalem from a multi-cultural, multi-religious metropolis into a predominantly Jewish one. On July 30, 1980, the Knesset introduced the Jerusalem Law. It annexed the city as Israel's unified capital.

On March 1, 1980, Security Council Resolution 465 declared that: 

"all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel's policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant (Fourth Geneva) violation....and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East."

On July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that "Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development (and) have been established in breach of international law."

Israel spurns international law and UN resolutions unfavorable to its interests with impunity. As a result, Palestinians have suffered grievously for decades.

A Snapshot of Arab East Jerusalem 

Palestinians numbering 360,882 comprise 38% of Jerusalem's population. Since 1967, residency rights for over 14,000 Palestinians were lawlessly revoked. Palestinian Jerusalem district poverty approaches 80%. For children, it's 84%.

Help for those in need is seriously deficient. Thousands of children are at risk. Overall conditions are deplorable. Education is harmed by a shortage of around 1,000 classrooms.

Israel lets Palestinians build on only 17% of their land. Since 1967, about one-third of East Jerusalem was expropriated for exclusive Jewish development. Israel wants the entire city Judaized. Palestinians are being systematically forced out.

A combination of residency rights, permit authority, the Separation Wall, checkpoints, Jews only roads, and other restrictions, effectively isolate East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.

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