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geographical name\jə-ˈrü-s(ə-)ləm, -ˈrü-z(ə-)ləm\
Definition of JERUSALEM
city SW Asia NW of Dead Sea; divided 1948–67 between Jordan (old city) & Israel (new city); ∗ of Israel since 1950 & formerly ∗ of ancient kingdoms of Israel & Judah; old city under Israeli control since 1967 pop 657,500
Variants of JERUSALEM
Je·ru·sa·lem or ancient Hi·ero·sol·y·ma\ˌhī-(ə-)rō-ˈsä-lə-mə\ or biblical Je·bus\ˈjē-bəs\
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2006 est.: 729,100), ancient city of the Middle East that since 1967 has been wholly under the rule of the State of Israel. Located in the heart of historic Palestine, it is nestled between the West Bank and Israel. The Old City is a typical walled Middle Eastern enclosure; the modern city is an urban agglomeration of high-rises and housing complexes. It is holy to Judaism as the site of the Temple of Jerusalem, to Christianity because of its association with Jesus, and to Islam because of its connection with the Mi'raj (the Prophet Muhammad's ascension to heaven). Jewish shrines include the Western Wall. Islamic holy places include the Dome of the Rock. In 1000 BCE David made it the capital of Israel. Razed by the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE, it thereafter enjoyed only brief periods of independence. The Romans devastated it in the 1st and 2nd centuries CE, banishing the Jewish population. From 638 it was ruled by various Muslim dynasties, except for short periods during the Crusades when it was controlled by Christians. Rule by the Ottoman Empire ended in 1917, and the city became the capital of the British mandate of Palestine. It was thereafter the subject of competing Zionist and Palestinian national aspirations. Israel claimed the city as its capital after the Arab-Israeli War in 1948 and took the entire city during the Six-Day War of 1967. Its status as Israel's capital has remained a point of contention: official recognition by the international community has largely been withheld pending final settlement of regional territorial rights.