May 23, 2017 / 7:31 PM / 3 months ago

WIDER IMAGE: Fifty years after Six Day War, Jerusalem retains much of its old look

Palestinians stand 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 June 23, 1967. Moshe Pridan/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - 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.

A boy sells bagels in an alley of Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo taken July 14, 1967. Fritz Cohen/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters

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.

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Over 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

About the Author

Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; editing by Mark Heinrich

The views expressed in this article are not those of Reuters News.

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