The six-day war: why Israel is still divided over its legacy 50 years on

Some celebrate the 1967 conflict as a liberation, others believe it launched a disastrous occupation

On Wednesday the Palestinian shopkeepers in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City will pull closed their metal shutters under curfew. Residents will retreat behind the doors of their houses in the little streets and alleys around the Via Dolorosa and Al-Wad Street.

Thousands of Israeli police will spread out through the cramped neighbourhoods and around the Old City’s towering limestone walls and gates to prevent confrontation with the thousands of Israeli nationalists carrying blue-and-white flags and drums, some blowing shofar horns, who every year descend on Jerusalem Day to march through the streets.

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