The conflict between Jews and the Palestinian people over Jerusalem Al Quds was fuelled by a long history of Western imperial intervention in the city, predating the establishment of the British Mandate (lasting until 1948) after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War One, conflictincities.org reported.
In the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, the Israelis took control of the western part of Jerusalem Al Quds, while Jordan took the eastern part, including the old walled city containing important Muslim and Christian religious sites.
In 1967, Israeli occupation seized and annexed the territory, and its political leaders proclaimed the city Israel's "eternal, undivided capital." But the international community, including the United States, continues to regard East Jerusalem as occupied territory, and rejects Israel’s decision to settle its occupiers there.
The European Parliament issued a briefing on Jerusalem in March 2012, stating that "the year 2011 was recorded as the year of greatest expansion of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem since 1967".
Many Palestinian families have been thrown out onto the streets in Jerusalem due to the settlers' policies of hegemony, expulsion and discrimination.
We, Hamas, see in Jerusalem Al Quds the eternal, undivided capital of Palestine. History documents the golden era of justice and freedom of worship for all divine messages in Al Quds Jerusalem under the sovereignty of Islam. The holy land houses, sites and resources are being usurped by an exclusivist Zionist ideology and a settler colonial state. We will keep our struggle to liberate it, no matter how long and tiring the quest is.