• Short Summary

    PILGRIMS AND TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD CONTINUE TO POUR INTO JERUSALEM TODAY (SATURDAY) -- CHRISTMAS EVE.

  • Description


    PILGRIMS CROSSING THROUGH THE MANDELBAUM GATE; JORDANIAN CUSTOMS OFFICIALS; WELCOME SIGN IN ARABIC AND HEBREW; PEOPLE HANDED TEA AND BISCUITS; PILGRIMS CROSSING; MAYOR OF ISRAELI JERUSALEM, MR. EDWARD KOLLEK, ARRIVING AND TALKING TO POLICE.




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    THE MANDELBAUM GATE IS NOT REALLY A GATE AT ALL BUT 100 YERDS OF ROADWAY THROUGH "NO MAN'S LAND" LINKING THE ISRAELI SECTOR WITH THE OLD WALLED CITY OF JERUSALEM IN THE JORDANIAN SECTOR).

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    Background: PILGRIMS AND TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD CONTINUE TO POUR INTO JERUSALEM TODAY (SATURDAY) -- CHRISTMAS EVE. THE MANDELBAUM GATE WAS OPENED EARLY YESTERDAY TO ALLOW THE PILGRIMS INTO THE JORDANIAN SECTOR OF JERUSALEM, WHERE THEY WERE ABLE TO CONTINUE ON THE BETHLEHEM, JUST SEVEN MILES (11 KLMS) TO THE SOUTH WEST, THE BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS.

    SOME 7,000 PEOPLE PASSED THROUGH THE MANDELBAUM GATE, INCLUDING MANY CHRISTIAN ARABS LIVING IN ISRAEL. MANY OF THEM HAD BEEN QUEUEING FOR UP TO FIVE HOURS WAITING FOR THE GATE TO OPEN. THEY WERE OFFERED TEA AND BISCUITS, THE GIFT OF AN ISRAELI TEA COMPANY, AND WERE ASSISTED THROUGH THE GATE BY MORE THAN 100 JORDANIAN CUSTOMS OFFICIALS.

    EMPHASISING THE SPIRIT OF GOODWILL THAT FOR THE MOMENT TRANSCENDED THE POLITICAL AND OTHER DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JORDAN AND ISRAEL, A LARGE SIGN IN ARABIC AND HEBREW HUNG NEAR THE GATE WISHING THOSE WHO PASSED THOUGH "A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR." THEY EXCHANGED PERMITS GIVEN THEM BY THE ISRAELI AUTHORITIES FOR SPECIAL JORDANIAN IDENTITY CARDS TO USE DURING THEIR STAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA57HPZKLJWBWJ14ZNH41I9335L
    Media URN:
    VLVA57HPZKLJWBWJ14ZNH41I9335L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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