Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America celebrates with heartfelt joy the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Historically and politically, spiritually and culturally, Jerusalem represents the heart and soul of the Jewish people.
We congratulate the people of Israel and residents of Jerusalem on the 50th anniversary of its reunification, following the Six Day War of June 1967, after 19 years of division. Reunification under Israeli sovereignty has ended the religious discrimination and desecration carried out under Jordanian control. Only under Israeli sovereignty have Jerusalem and its religious sites been open to all people.
We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the return of Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus in June 1967, when Jerusalem was reunified by Israeli forces and the Hadassah banner once again waved over the hospital. We recall with sadness those members of the Hadassah family who gave their lives in the effort to secure the hospital and the unity of the city during Israel’s War of Independence.
Hadassah reaffirms unwavering support for a united Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.