With the U.N. set to declare a state for Palestinians, the question of the divided city of Jerusalem is in the news. Don’t let the media distort the real history of Jerusalem. What follows is a portion of the transcript from this truly beautiful video. I have not been to Israel but now have a clearer vision of this magnificent and holy city. And no wonder, as the end of the video credits The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the World Zionist Organization. Enjoy!
The history of Jerusalem did not start in 1967. Thousands of years of Jewish history took place in what is now called “Arab East Jerusalem.”
The media often refers to a place called Arab East Jerusalem. We are told that this is a city conquered by Israel in 1967, as if that is the only claim Israel has to the city…The term Arab East Jerusalem is not historically accurate. We have thousands of years of history of a single, undivided city. Look back through all the various chapters of Israel’s past and you will not find a time when Jerusalem is divided in-two prior to the war with Jordan.
We have archaeology, historical accounts, records that prove over 3,000 years of undivided Jewish existence here in Jerusalem. You can go to archaeological digs and find evidence of over 3,000 years of Jewish life. You can find places in the areas that are today call Arab East Jerusalem where King David lived. The wall behind me is a part of the palace that King David lived in and yet even the very existence of King David is today being questioned.
The fact is, the division of Jerusalem into East and West only began in 1948 with the division of the Jordanian army, who erected walls of concrete, barbed wire, and put in mine fields. This division only lasted 19 years. There is eye-witness testimony of those whose families lived for years in what is called Arab East Jerusalem and were expelled from their homes by the Jordanian Army (hear that testimony in the video below)
In 1967 Jordanians fled, Jews were reunited and the walls were torn down. Jews could once again return to their holiest places.
Far from creating a new situation of “occupation,” the war reestablished the status quo of an undivided city. Today, few people even know where the dividing line was. Thousands of Jews and Arabs cross the old dividing line every day without even realizing it.
Jerusalem is a unified city, despite what the media would have you believe. Yet with references to East Jerusalem as a separate geographical area, the media are supporting an historically inaccurate myth that undermines the legitimate Israeli claims that are backed by thousands of years of history.
The two-city narrative is a myth, a lie and the media are responsible for carrying that call message of the de-legitimization message campaign against the State of Israel and Jewish residents in the land. To refer to the city as though there are two distinct sides is wrong.
What the media call Arab East Jerusalem is really where thousands of years of Jewish history took place.
Jerusalem: The Media Myth of Two Cities (video)