Jerusalem Day – Sunday, June 2, 2019

  • On Sunday May 30, 2019 will be celebrated Jerusalem Day commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israel control over the Old City in the aftermath of the six day war in 1967.
  • This day became a national holiday in Israel, Jerusalem Day.
  • There remains opposition from all sides to the decision of President Trump but only Israel a Democratic State has the ability and potential to unite the city and the whole Middle East in peace.

On Sunday June 2, 2019 will be celebrated Jerusalem Day commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the six day war in 1967.

In 1947 in the United Nations was proposed the establishment of two states in the British Mandate of Palestine, a Jewish State and an Arab State. Jerusalem was to be an International city neither Jewish nor Arab for a period of ten years when referendum would be made for the residents of Jerusalem to decide on which country to join.  The Jewish leadership accepted the plan and the Arabs rejected the proposal.

(Photo submitted by David Wexelman)

When Israel received independence in 1948, it was attacked by its neighbors. Jordan took East Jerusalem and the Old City.  Jerusalem was left divided.  The Jewish presence which was in East Jerusalem was suppressed, synagogues destroyed.  In 1967 Jordan began shelling civilian locations in Israel to which Israel responded on June 6 the beginning of the Six Day War.  On June 7, 1967 the Hebrew date of 28th day of the month of Iyar which falls out this year on June 2, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem including the portion of the Old City where is located the Wailing Wall.

This day became a national holiday in Israel, Jerusalem Day. On that day the defense minister Moshe Dayan said, “This morning the Israel Defense forces have liberated Jerusalem. We have united Jerusalem the divided capital of Israel. He said “We did not come to Jerusalem for the sake of other peoples holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other faiths, but in order to safeguard its entirety and to live there together in unity.”

Israel has tried to continue its policy of uniting a free Jerusalem giving equal rights to Palestinians, Christians and Jews to be part of a United Jerusalem.  From the beginning of the establishment of the State of Israel they have been met with opposition from their neighbors especially on the establishment of a united Jerusalem under Democratic rule. On December 6, 2017 President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the embassy of America was opened in Jerusalem.

Israelis, even those from the most ultra-orthodox, praised President Trump for his decision. See the Kulaver Rabbi a holocaust survivor who died this year express his thanks to President Trump.

There remains opposition from all sides to the decision of President Trump but only Israel a Democratic State has the ability and potential to unite the city and the whole Middle East in peace.

President Trump officially announces his decision to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel See:

Even though Jerusalem is today being renewed, Jews are still mourning the destruction of the holy temple and the exile of the divine presence.  Ofra Haza was once the most popular female Jewish singer in Israel.  Her most famous song Jerusalem of Gold is part of the memory of Jerusalem and of Ofra who died tragically at the young of age of 42 from AIDS.  Take a tour of Jerusalem of Gold with Ofra Haza:

At the entrance to Jerusalem is the tomb of the Prophet Samuel who anointed the first King of Israel. Coming from the north close to the entrance of Jerusalem it is located on top of a hill called Ramah.  A mosque was built on this holy place but today after the Six Day War it is open for all Jews to visit and pray at the grave of the prophet. Jerusalem Day the 28th day of Iyar which is celebrated this year on June 2nd is also the day when Shmuel the prophet returned to his father in heaven.  Jews from all over Israel come to his grave to pray on this day.  At the top of the hill in the picture above is the grave of prophet Samuel located at the entrance to Jerusalem.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites.www.progressivejewishspirituality.net
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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