Jerusalem Day, or Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew, celebrates the day in 1967 when the two sides of Jerusalem became united.
When the State of Israel was declared, it was proposed that Jerusalem would be an international city for 10 years and then a vote amongst the residents would determine if the city is Israeli or Jordanian. Instead, the Jordanians captured the Old City and the eastern side of Jerusalem, creating a divide city. In 1967, Jordan attacked Israel, beginning a war between the Jewish country and its neighbours. After six days, Israel had gained control, among other areas, over a newly united Jerusalem. For the first time in 19 years Jews gained access to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. In the video above that documents these special moments, people are heard saying “The Temple Mount is in our hands,” and singing Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem, on the Temple Mount.
One of the laws passed following the Six Day War enables free access by the members of every religion to the many holy places of the city.
"Jeruzalem Dag" of Yom Yerushalayim" in Hebreeuws, viert de dag van 1967, toen de twee delen van Jeruzalem werden verenigd.