Remembering the Jordanian Occupation of Jerusalem

Last Friday was Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the holiday that celebrates Israel’s capture, during the Six-Day War, of those parts of Jerusalem that had been seized by Jordan in 1948. Gerald Steinberg uses the occasion to reflect on the two intervening decades in the city’s history:

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More about: Israeli history, Jerusalem, Jordan, Temple Mount

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror