• Short Summary

    ISRAEL CELEBRATED ITS 20TH YEAR AS A NATION WITH A HUGE PARADE THROUGH THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM TODAY (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    ISRAEL CELEBRATED ITS 20TH YEAR AS A NATION WITH A HUGE PARADE THROUGH THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM TODAY (THURSDAY). ABOUT 500-THOUSAND PEOPLE WATCHED THE DISPLAY OF MILITARY MIGHT, WHICH WAS STAGED IN DEFIANCE OF PLEAS FOR ITS CANCELLATION BY THE UNITED NATIONS.

    THE NIGHT BEFORE THE PARADE THE SKY ABOVE JERUSALEM WAS LIT WITH THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS AS PEOPLE OBSERVED REMEMBRANCE DAY IN HONOUR OF ISRAELIS WHO DIED IN BATTLE. THE MORNING OF THE MARCH SAW ARMED TROOPS MOVING THROUGH THE ARAB QUARTER OF THE CITY SEARCHING FOR ARMS. THERE HAD BEEN THREATS OF ARAB GUERRILLA REPRISALS BUT THESE FAILED TO MATERIALISE.

    THE ISRAELIS PARADED NOT ONLY THEIR OWN ARMOURED GUNS AND TROOPS BUT ALSO HUGE QUANTITIES OF WEAPONS CAPTURED IN LAST JUNE'S WAR AGAINST THE ARABS. THERE WERE RUSSIAN-MADE TANKS, ARTILLERY AND MISSILES. MORE THAN 4-THOUSAND POLICE AND OTHER SECURITY FORCES GUARDED AGAINST TERRORIST ACTS AS THE 90-MINUTE PARADE WOUND THROUGH THE STREETS IN A SWELTERING HEATWAVE. PEOPLE PACKED SPECIALLY BUILT GRANDSTANDS AND STOOD SEVERAL ROWS DEEP IN THE STREETS TO WATCH THE SPECTACLE. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PARADE WERE THE TANKS WHICH FOUGHT PITCHED BATTLES IN THE SINAI DESERT AND OVERHEAD 300 JETS STAGED A FLYPAST AND AIR DISPLAY. SOME 430 TANKS, PIECES OF ARMOUR AND ARTILLERY MADE UP THE ISRAELI COLUMNS, WITH 4,500 MARCHING TROOPS. THE PARADE WAS REVIEWED BY PRESIDENT ZALMAN SHAZAR, PRIME MINISTER LEVI ESHKOL AND DEFENCE MINISTER GENERAL MOSHE DAYAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2E5DN3T55X4Q8TPICJX9U3XIU
    Media URN:
    VLVA2E5DN3T55X4Q8TPICJX9U3XIU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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