• Short Summary

    King Hussein of Jordan motored through the southwestern corner of his kingdom November 6 to Bethlehem and Hebron on a 'meet the people' tour.

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    King Hussein of Jordan motored through the southwestern corner of his kingdom November 6 to Bethlehem and Hebron on a 'meet the people' tour.

    The tour - observers interpreted it as an obvious campaign to build the popularity of the Monarchy - came a few days before the King told his subjects of his vacation in Europe.

    On his tour he met the acclaim of thousands of schoolchildren and many of their parents. The tour was conducted with a heavy military escort and the entire route was spotted with troops.

    In Bethlehem, the youthful, short but handsome monarch touched virtually all political bases. He honoured Christians with a visit to the Church of the Nativity in this cradle of Christianity, then prayed in the Moslems' Sacred Mosque in ancient Hebron, traditional site of Abraham's tomb.

    King Hussein also inaugurated a hospital named after his daughter, Emira Aliya; took tea at a girls' school, ate with civic and other leaders at Beitjala, outside Bethlehem, and poured praise on Jordan's trim fighting forces.

    In a speech to several thousand people at A10Hussein College, outside Hebron, the King declared that the army had stood fast against the intrigues of the enemy and the ambitions of adventurers - apparent references to Israel and to the abortive coup in early 1957.

    He was all but mobbed by enthusiastic admirers who jammed the courtyard leading to the Nativity Church under a bright, hot midday sun. One of his admirers was 13-year-old Lucy Sarijian, from a Bethlehem Christian orphanage, who showed up in her best party dress with a big bouquet for the King. He received similar gifts from children at other halts along the route.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA91VQE2WF3C5PKFJKS9OQKS4QM
    Media URN:
    VLVA91VQE2WF3C5PKFJKS9OQKS4QM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/11/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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