What is Jerusalem?

  • (noun): Capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel; a holy city for Jews and Christians and Muslims; was the capital of an ancient kingdom.
    Synonyms: capital of Israel


Jerusalem ( /dʒəˈruːsələm/; Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם ; Arabic: القُدس‎ and/or أورشليم ) is the capital of Israel, though not internationally recognized as such, and one of the oldest cities in the world. It is located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea. It is Israel's largest city in both population and area, if East Jerusalem is included, with a population of 801,000 residents over an area of 125.1 km2 (48.3 sq mi). Jerusalem is also a holy city to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Ir Amim - Issues
... of the issues that Ir Amim engages with include Jewish construction in East Jerusalem Home demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem The Separation Barrier in Jerusalem Excavations in the Old ...
Ir Amim - Organizational Activities - Public Outreach - Study Tours
... Ir Amim offers study tours of East Jerusalem to both individuals and organizations ... as well as the Ir Amin view of current political and socio-economic developments in East Jerusalem ... tours travel along the Separation Barrier and through Jerusalem neighborhoods, discussing Israeli policies and their impact on Israelis and Palestinians and on a possible political resolution in Jerusalem ...
Jerusalem Law - Text of The Law
... "Basic Law Jerusalem, Capital of Israel Jerusalem, Capital of Israel 1 ... Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel ... Jerusalem is the seat of the President of the State, the Knesset, the Government and the Supreme Court ...
Jerusalem, New Zealand
... Jerusalem (named for Jerusalem, Israel) was once an important kainga (fishing village) on the Whanganui River in New Zealand where a Roman Catholic mission was first established in 1854 ... Known to Māori as Hiruharama, Jerusalem was the isolated site where, in 1892, Suzanne Aubert (better known as Mother Mary Joseph) established the congregation ... and many of his followers formed a community at Jerusalem in 1970 and Baxter is buried there ...
Nectarius Of Jerusalem
... Nectarius of Jerusalem (1605–1680) was Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1660 to 1669 ... But on his way to Jerusalem to be consecrated he was informed that he had been chosen patriarch of the Holy City, and was consecrated in April, 1661 ... He remained in Jerusalem, however, except when driven by the Latin monks for a short time to Sinai ...

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