Celebrating Jerusalem Day!

israellandThis year, May 8th is Jerusalem Day in Israel. This minor national holiday there commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City, in June of 1967.

When Israel declared its statehood in 1948, in accord with the UN Partition Plan, it immediately was attacked by six of its Arab neighbors. Jordan took control of east Jerusalem and the Old City, and after months of fighting, a cease fire was established before the Jews could dislodge the Jordanians. The Jewish residents were forced out, while the occupying Jordanians demolished 58 synagogues and denigrated the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

This state of affairs changed in 1967, as a result of the Six-Day War, where Israel again defended its citizens and captured the Old City of Jerusalem, liberating the ancient Temple Mount and Western Wall. Jerusalem Day celebrates this historic reunification!

See this helpful video: The Israeli Palestinian Conflict: 10 Myths Preventing Peace

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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