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    More than 50,000 people - including many from abroad - took part in the 22nd annual Jerusalem march on Wednesday (22 September).

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    More than 50,000 people - including many from abroad - took part in the 22nd annual Jerusalem march on Wednesday (22 September).

    SYNOPSIS: The march - styled on the famous international marching marathon in Nigmegen, Netherlands, was revived in 1954 as a traditional Jewish ceremony. It's based on ancient pilgrimage marches to Jewish shrines in Jerusalem. It always falls during the Feast of the Tabernacles in the middle of the Sukkot festival - the annual feast of thanksgiving. One of the most notable marchers this year was General Mordechai Gur, Israeli Army Chief-of-Staff. There was also a large contingent from Japan - all members of the fast-growing Mokoya sect which believes in Christianity and completely identifies with Israel and the Old Testament.

    Groups from many of Israel's military units took part alongside schoolchildren, civilians and visitors from the Netherlands, West Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States. Originally the march was a three day event but last year it was cut back to one day.

    Observers in Jerusalem said this year's march was twice as big as last year's and was one of the happiest on record. As the marchers reached the city centre they were cheered on by thousands of spectators lining the street.s And at the end of their long tramp they were awarded with certificates and medals to commemorate the event.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA86MVI8M42TWEI8F2IQZNO7S9L
    Media URN:
    VLVA86MVI8M42TWEI8F2IQZNO7S9L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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