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Jerusalem - Wider Image: Fifty Years After Six Day War, Jerusalem Retains Much Of Its Old Look

Published on: May 23, 2017 09:31 PM
By: Reuters
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Damascus Gate is seen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun  Damascus Gate is seen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Jerusalem - Israel will soon mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, a conflict in which it captured the Old City of Jerusalem and more than two dozen Palestinian villages around it from Jordan, laying the foundations of a long-simmering dispute.

According to the Jewish calendar, the anniversary falls on May 24 this year, even though the anniversary for most of the world will be on June 5, when the war began in 1967.

For Israelis, all of Jerusalem, including the Old City and its eastern suburbs, is their “eternal and indivisible” capital.

For Palestinians, East Jerusalem is a symbol of their national struggle and home to Islam’s third most sacred site, the al-Aqsa mosque, and the nearby glittering Dome of the Rock.

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Both stand on an elevated plaza Jews refer to as Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, and the location of an ancient Jewish temple.

The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city to be the capital of their future state, alongside the West Bank and Gaza.

ver the decades since 1967, Jerusalem has seen controversy over settlements, violence, and demographic change. Despite all this, many of the key sites in the Old City, scenes of fighting half a century ago, have changed relatively little.

In an effort to illustrate changes in the city over the past 50 years, Reuters has assembled from an Israeli government archive a collection of photos taken in Jerusalem in 1967. Reuters photographers then took pictures of the same sites as they are today.

A photo essay juxtaposing the present and the past can be seen here: reut.rs/2qBjLmy 

A combination picture shows people standing in a plaza near al-Aqsa mosque during Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken June 23, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows people standing in a plaza near al-Aqsa mosque during Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken June 23, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows men sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken June 19, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows men sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Jerusalem’s Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken June 19, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows people walking near Damascus Gate leading into Jerusalem's Old City in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 14, 1967 (top) and the same location May 14, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows people walking near Damascus Gate leading into Jerusalem’s Old City in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 14, 1967 (top) and the same location May 14, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows Avshalom's tomb and the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, in this Government Press Office handout photo taken June 22, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows Avshalom’s tomb and the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, in this Government Press Office handout photo taken June 22, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows the Hearst Junior Diplomats walking in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken December 24, 1967 (top) and Palestinians walking in the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows the Hearst Junior Diplomats walking in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken December 24, 1967 (top) and Palestinians walking in the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows a boy selling bagels in an alley of Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 14, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows a boy selling bagels in an alley of Jerusalem’s Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 14, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows an ancient archway and ramp leading to the Qayt Bay fountain or Sabil Qaitbay (Center, lower court), on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken August 23, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows an ancient archway and ramp leading to the Qayt Bay fountain or Sabil Qaitbay (Center, lower court), on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken August 23, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows men and women standing in separate sections as they visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken September 1, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows men and women standing in separate sections as they visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken September 1, 1967 (top) and the same location May 17, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows an Arab woman shopping at a stall selling freshly ground spices at a market in Jerusalem, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 1, 1967 (top) and a man buying freshly ground spices from the same stall May 16, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows an Arab woman shopping at a stall selling freshly ground spices at a market in Jerusalem, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 1, 1967 (top) and a man buying freshly ground spices from the same stall May 16, 2017.  (Credit: REUTERS)


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 May 24, 2017 at 10:50 AM ChaimT Says:

I visited Yerushalayim in 5729 (1969). Much has changed in the Old City since then but it cannot be pictured. There was no sewer system then. The shuk had a terrible offensive odor. Children were walking around with legs bowed from rickets. Donkeys walked along the streets. Poverty was everywhere.

Leave alone the new city. The old city is much much different today.

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