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People walk near Damascus Gate leading into Jerusalem's Old City in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 14, 1967. Fritz Cohen/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters 
Damascus Gate is seen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
People stand in a plaza near al-Aqsa mosque during Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo taken June 23, 1967. Moshe Pridan/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters 
Palestinians walk in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Men sit at a sidewalk cafe in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken June 19, 1967. Moshe Pridan/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters
People sit at a sidewalk cafe in Jerusalem's Old City, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
A boy sells bagels in an alley of Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo taken July 14, 1967. Fritz Cohen/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters 
People walk in an alley of Jerusalem's Old City, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Palestinians stand in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo taken June 23, 1967. Moshe Pridan/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters 
A Palestinian man walks down the stairs in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
An Arab woman shops at a stall selling freshly ground spices at a market in Jerusalem, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken July 1, 1967. Ilan Bruner/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via REUTERS 
A man buys freshly ground spices from a stall in a market in Jerusalem May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
Ancient archway and ramp leading to the Qayt Bay fountain or Sabil Qaitbay (Center, lower court), on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken August 23, 1967. Fritz Cohen/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via REUTERS 
A woman walks near an ancient archway and ramp leading to the Qayt Bay fountain or Sabil Qaitbay (Center, lower court), on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
The Hearst Junior Diplomats walk in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken December 24, 1967. Moshe Milner/Courtesy of Government Press Office/Handout via 
Palestinians walk in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 
Avshalom's tomb and the Garden of Gethsemane are seen in Jerusalem, in this Government Press Office handout photo taken June 22, 1967. Moshe Pridan/Courtesy of Handout via REUTERS
Avshalom's tomb and the Garden of Gethsemane are seen in Jerusalem May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
Men and women stand in separate sections as they visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken September 1, 1967. Fritz Cohen/Government Press Office/Handout via REUTERS 
Men and women stand in separate sections as they visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
Arab legion positions are seen under fire to clear way for Israeli units to takeover the hills surrounding the Jerusalem's Old City during the 1967 Middle East War, in this Government Press Office handout photo, taken June 6, 1967. Government Press Office/Handout via REUTERS 
A general view shows the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz in the foreground and Mount of Olives in the background May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
Israeli commander Motta Gur and his brigade observe the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, from their command post on the Mount of Olives just prior to their attack of Jerusalem's Old City, during the 1967 Middle East War, in Jerusalem, in this Government Press Office handout picture taken June 7, 1967. Government Press Office/Handout via Reuters 
Visitors take pictures on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem's Old City May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun 
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JERUSALEM, May 21 (Reuters) - Israel will soon mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, a conflict in which it captured the Old City of Jerusalem and more than two dozen Palestinian villages around it from Jordan, laying the foundations of a long-simmering dispute.

According to the Jewish calendar, the anniversary falls on May 24 this year, even though the anniversary for most of the world will be on June 5, when the war began in 1967.

For Israelis, all of Jerusalem, including the Old City and its eastern suburbs, is their "eternal and indivisible" capital.

For Palestinians, East Jerusalem is a symbol of their national struggle and home to Islam's third most sacred site, the al-Aqsa mosque, and the nearby glittering Dome of the Rock.

Both stand on an elevated plaza Jews refer to as Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, and the location of an ancient Jewish temple.

The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city to be the capital of their future state, alongside the West Bank and Gaza.

Over the decades since 1967, Jerusalem has seen controversy over settlements, violence, and demographic change. Despite all this, many of the key sites in the Old City, scenes of fighting half a century ago, have changed relatively little.

In an effort to illustrate changes in the city over the past 50 years, Reuters has assembled from an Israeli government archive a collection of photos taken in Jerusalem in 1967. Reuters photographers then took pictures of the same sites as they are today.

(Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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