Jerusalem: 1840 to 2017
Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, is May 24, 2017. 50 years. Half a century, since Jerusalem was liberated from Jordanian occupation and reunited. Visitors are coming from around the world to join Israelis celebrating the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.
UNESCO resolutions will not change the fact that the Jewish presence in Jerusalem over the centuries was consistent, except for 1948-1967, when it was divided under Jordanian rule and Jews were exiled from the Old City.
Dave shared NYTimes from 1948, but here are stats going back to 1840.
In 1840, there were 5,000 Jews and 4,600 Muslims.
in 1870: 11,000 Jews and 6,500 Muslims
in 1917: 32,000 Jews and 13,500 Muslims
and in 1948, before Jerusalem was divided: 84,000 Jews and 40,000 Muslims.
The Jewish people have been connected to Jerusalem, by living in the Holy City, and through their prayers facing in direction of Jerusalem, going back to ancient times.
UPDATED: May 4, 2017