• Short Summary

    ISRAEL CELEBRATED THE SIXTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF HER INDEPENDENCE ON WEDNESDAY. AT BEERSHEBA, THE LARGEST CITY?

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    ISRAEL CELEBRATED THE SIXTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF HER INDEPENDENCE ON WEDNESDAY. AT BEERSHEBA, THE LARGEST CITY IN THE NEGEV DESERT, THE DAY WAS MARKED BY DANCING AND REJOICING, FOLLOWED BY A MILITARY PARADE WATCHED BY ISRAELI GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES.

    THE TOWN'S POPULATION, ESTIMATED AT A LITTLE MORE THAN TWENTY THOUSAND, SWELLED TO MORE THAN A HUNDRED THOUSAND AS PEOPLE POURED IN FORM THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE.

    AMONG THOSE PRESENT AT THE CELEBRATIONS WAS THE PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL, MR. ZALMAN SHAZAR AND THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. LEVI ESHKOL. THE WIDOWS OF TWO FORMER PRESIDENT'S ALSO ATTENDED -- MRS. VERA WEIZMAN AND MRS RACHEL BEN ZVI.

    THE OFFICIAL PARTY WATCHED A HUGE MILITARY PARADE WHICH STRETCHED FOR MORE THAN THREE AND A HALF MILES (6KM) AND TOOK AN HOUR TO PASS THE REVIEWING STAND. AIRCRAFT FROM THE ISRAEL AIR FORCE FLEW-PAST AS THE PARADE REACHED ITS CLIMAX.

    IN A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO MARK ANNIVERSARY DAY, PRESIDENT SHAZAR SPOKE OF THE LARGE AND CONSTANTLY GROWING IMMIGRATION INTO ISRAEL. HE SAID: "DESPITE ALL THE DIFFICULTIES, THERE WAS NO NEWCOMER WHO HAD TO SAY - THERE IS NO PLACE FOR ME". HE SAID THAT THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT WAS FULLY PREPARED. BOTH IN SPIRIT AND IN PURELY ECONOMIC TERMS TO CONTINUE RECEIVING NEW WAVES OF IMMIGRATION FORM COUNTRIES OF OPPRESSION AND EASE ALIKE. THE PRESIDENT ALSO NOTED "A NEW STIRRING IN THE RELATION OF JEWS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO ISRAEL AND ITS TASKS". HE WENT ON: "THAT THE WELFARE OF THE ISRAELI STATE AND THE EXISTENCE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE ARE INEXTRICABLY INTERWOVEN, IS GROWING CONSTANTLY CLEARER TO ALL FACTORS IN JEWISH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE ARE INEXTRICABLY INTERWOVEN, IS GROWING CONSTANTLY CLEARER TO ALL FACTORS IN JEWISH LIFE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA23FMJBL4KQYB3M5TWIYV1HPQW
    Media URN:
    VLVA23FMJBL4KQYB3M5TWIYV1HPQW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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