Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev on Sunday unveiled the logo to be used in the upcoming celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli rule.
The logo that will feature on all official Jerusalem Day jubilee events in June, features an Israeli flag flying atop the old city walls and the Temple Mount and is accompanied by the slogan: “50 years since the liberation of Jerusalem.”
The gold and white stylized 50 emblem, with the five resembling the lion from the Jerusalem flag, was presented by Regev at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, and was met with widespread praise from fellow ministers.
Regev said her insistence on using the word “liberation” and not “reunification” in the logo’s design sought to counter efforts distort the Jewish connection to Jerusalem.
“This logo tells the true story of Jerusalem,” Regev told ministers at the start of the meeting. “If we are not able to say to ourselves that we liberated Jerusalem from generations of foreign occupation, how can we complain when the world does not?”
Jerusalem Day is a national holiday in Israel that marks the capture of East Jerusalem by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War. While Israel regards the parts of Jerusalem captured in that conflict as part of Israel proper, the land is widely seen internationally as occupied by Israel.
Regev also stressed that part of the image featured “an Israeli flag that has returned to fly above the old city walls, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount.”
The jubilee events will take place less than a year after the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) passed two resolutions that condemned Israel’s control of East Jerusalem and failed to mention any Jewish or Christian connections to the city.
One of the resolutions passed by UNESCO in October, referred to Jerusalem Temple Mount compound solely by its Muslim names, “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” defined it only as “a Muslim holy site of worship,” and accused Israel of various violations at the holy site.
The Western Wall, the outer retaining wall of the Second Jewish Temple, sits at the bottom of the Temple Mount and is Judaism’s holiest site.
The Temple Mount compound has been a repeated flash-point for clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces.
The resolutions were met with widespread condemnation in Israel, including from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who recalled the Israeli ambassador to UNESCO in protest.
Regev at the time castigated UNESCO for passing the resolutions she called “shameful and anti-Semitic.”