• Short Summary

    ISRAEL HAS A BRAVE NEW KNESSET (PARLIAMENTARY) BUILDING. THE BUILDING, WHICH COVERS FOUR-AND-A-HALF ACRES (ABOUT?

  • Description

    ISRAEL HAS A BRAVE NEW KNESSET (PARLIAMENTARY) BUILDING. THE BUILDING, WHICH COVERS FOUR-AND-A-HALF ACRES (ABOUT 1.8 HECTARES) AND TOOK FIVE YEARS TO BUILD, WAS FORMALLY INAUGURATED AT A COLOURFUL CEREMONY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

    ABOUT 5,000 GUESTS GATHERED IN THE HUGE KNESSET FORECOURT FOR THE CEREMONY. THEY INCLUDED SPEAKERS AND PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATES FROM 41 COUNTRIES AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES OF WORLD JEWRY AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM EVERY CITY, TOWN AND VILLAGE IN ISRAEL. ISRAELI FLAGS AND EMBLEMS RINGED THE SQUARE.

    THE NEW KNESSET WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A BEQUEST OF THE LATE BARON DE ROTHSCHILD. MOST OF THE BUILDING WAS PAID FOR BY DONATIONS FROM THE ROTHSCHILD FAMILY.

    A BUGLE CALL ON KNESSET HILL AT FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING MARKED THE OPENING OF THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY.AFTER THE MAIN SPEECHES THE SPEAKER OF THE KNESSET, MR. KADISH LUZ, PRESENTED MRS. JAMES DE ROTHSCHILD WITH A PARCHMENT SCROLL COMMEMORATING THE INAUGURATION. MRS. DE ROTHSCHILD CUT THE RIBBON AT THE ENTRY OF THE BUILDING TO FORMALLY OPEN IT.

    A SPECIAL GUEST AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE SPEAKER OF THE ICELANDIC PARLIAMENT, MR. BIRGIR FINNSSON. AS SPEAKER OF THE ALTING OF ICELAND, THE WORLD'S OLDEST PARLIAMENT, HE ADDRESSED THE KNESSET ON BEHALF OF THE VISITING PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKERS.

    THE KNESSET WAS DUE TO HOLD ITS FIRST SESSION TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3WK6X0N3OEZWBUFAXO5RVNY3
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3WK6X0N3OEZWBUFAXO5RVNY3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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