FEATURE-After 40 years under Israel, Jerusalem rifts deepen

By Dan Williams

JERUSALEM, June 3 (Reuters) – On each anniversary of Israel’s capture of Arab East Jerusalem 40 years ago, thousands of singing, flag-waving Jewish youths parade through the sacred Old City under heavy police guard.

It’s a patriotic spectacle with an often less-than-sympathetic audience — local Palestinian Muslims and Christians gazing dourly from the sidelines, and apolitical religious Jews who whisk indifferently by to prayer.

The clashing national and religious claims that play on the faces reflect rifts in Jerusalem that have grown ever deeper since its physical unification in 1967, when the Israeli army ejected Jordanian troops from the east of the city two days after what would be called the Six Day War began on June 5.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


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