East Jerusalem

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The Dome of the Rock in the Old City.

East Jerusalem (Arabic: القدس الشرقية‎‎, al-Quds ash-Sharqiya) has been occupied by Israel since 1967 and has been effectively annexed, in an act internationally condemned, by Israel in 1980. In a unanimous General Assembly resolution, the UN declared the measures trying to change the status of the city invalid. While both Israeli and Palestine declared Jerusalem their capital, the Palestinians usually refer to East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine. Jerusalem was designated the Arab Capital of Culture in 2009.