Issues

Jerusalem

Jerusalem has been the political, cultural, and spiritual center of Jewish life since the time of King David. The Jewish people have an unbroken connection to Jerusalem dating back over 3,000 years. Even while persecuted and scattered around the world, Jerusalem has always been home to a resilient Jewish community. When Israel gained its modern independence in 1948, it lost Eastern Jerusalem and the Old City to Jordanian occupation for 19 years. During that time, Jewish holy places were desecrated, Jewish inhabitants were kicked out of their homes, and Christians living in the holy city had many of their rights restricted.

But in 1967, Israel won a miraculous victory against five Arab armies who failed in their plan to wipe Israel off the map. As a result, Israel won control of Eastern Jerusalem and reunited the city under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in thousands of years. For decades, the international community has refused to recognize Israel’s legal and historical right to Jerusalem as its capital city, and continues to pressure Israel to divide Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians. CUFI worked with President Trump to aid him in fulfilling his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the Holy City as Israel’s capital.  This announcement led several other countries to reconsider their foreign policy and announce plans to also move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Record numbers of Jews visit the Temple Mount Tisha Be’av morning

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

With the Jewish people commemorating the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem on the fast of Tisha Be’av on Tuesday, more than 1,200 Jewish visitors went to the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning, activist groups said. According to the Yeraeh organization, which promotes Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the Temple Mount and which … Read More

PA said to offer $20 million in subsidies to East Jerusalem

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Palestinian Authority has reportedly earmarked some $20 million to support East Jerusalem Palestinians in the wake of mass protests over Israeli security measures around the Temple Mount compound. According to Channel 2, the 500 “guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” will each receive a $1,000 stipend from the PA. Some $15 million will go toward … Read More

Salomon brit: ‘We want to be remembered as a happy family’

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The baby’s small cries briefly filled the crowded room. Guests stood shoulder-to-shoulder to celebrate the circumcision of the boy whose entry into the world was followed by the murder of three members of his family. “I never imagined that I would celebrate the birth of my oldest son, who I had so longed for, with … Read More

Finds in Jerusalem shore up biblical account of Babylonian conquest

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New finds in the City of David confirm the veracity of the biblical account of the Babylonian capture and conquest of First Temple period Jerusalem. The event is commemorated next Tuesday on the Hebrew date Tisha B’av (August 1) in a day of fasting and mourning, Israeli experts said. According to Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist … Read More

With husband and in-laws being stabbed below, Michal Salomon rushed kids to safety

Monday, July 24, 2017

With her family members being stabbed to death in the kitchen, Michal Salomon on Friday night gathered her children, hustled them into an upstairs room and held the door closed “with all her might.” “I started hearing screams and shouts,” Salomon, whose husband Elad was killed in the terror attack, recounted to the Yedioth Ahronoth … Read More

Israeli stabbed at embassy in Jordan, attacker and second man shot dead

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Jordanian man stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli security officer at the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday before he was shot dead, a security source said. A second Jordanian was also killed. The incident occurred late Sunday afternoon, but was kept under gag order by the Israeli military censor until Monday morning. The … Read More

Two Israelis killed, two wounded, in stabbing attack in West Bank

Friday, July 21, 2017

Two Israelis were killed and another two were seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank on Friday night. Paramedics said two men, one in his 60s and another in his 40s, died of their wounds sustained in the attack in a home in a settlement. They … Read More