Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel
Date Written: 24/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20773
No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israels capital, with the exception of Russia.
On this day, Israel is celebrating what it calls "Jerusalem Day", when it occupied East Jerusalem at the end of the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan.
The annual celebration is a day when right-wing, mostly young Israelis rampage around East Jerusalem's Old City, carrying Israeli flags and shouting anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist slogans.
Some of the chants include calls for the death, destruction, and complete elimination of Palestinians in Jerusalem, such as "Death to the Arabs". Large groups often parade through the Muslim Quarter of the old city and provoke residents by banging on Palestinian stores and homes.
Israel - which captured the western half of Jerusalem in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war - frames the day as the "reunification" of the east and west of its capital.