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May 26, 2006
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Israelis celebrated Jerusalem Day. Thousands flocked to Israel’s capital Thursday for events marking 39 years since its reunification in the Six-Day War. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, en route back from his maiden Washington trip, was to deliver an evening address at the famous 1967 battle site of Ammunition Hill. But there were tensions on the Temple Mount, site of Islam’s Al-Aksa Mosque. After police issued a permit for members of the religious Jewish group Temple Mount Faithful to visit the site, Israel’s Islamic Movement called on hundreds of Muslims to turn out and “defend Al-Aksa.” Jerusalem’s population is 66 percent Jewish and 34 percent Arab. Mayor Uri Lupolianski pledged to invest more municipal funds in predominantly Arab eastern Jerusalem.

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