• Short Summary

    THE PEAL OF CHURCH BELLS TODAY (SUNDAY) HERALDED THE FIRST CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM UNDER ISRAELI CONTROL.

  • Description

    THE PEAL OF CHURCH BELLS TODAY (SUNDAY) HERALDED THE FIRST CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM UNDER ISRAELI CONTROL. THE CELEBRATION BEGAN AT 12.30 AS THE LATIN PATRIARCH MONSIGNOR ALBERTO GORI, AND HIS ENTOURAGE DROVE, IN CONVOY, FROM THE JAFFA GATE IN JERUSALEM TO BETHLEHEM.

    THE CONVOY TRAVELLED ALONG THE SHORT HIGH ROAD, "THE ROAD OF THE STAR", SAID TO HAVE BEEN USED BY THE THREE WISE MEN NEARLY TWENTY CENTURIES AGO. FOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, THE ROAD HAS BEEN SEALED, CUT BY THE ISRAELI-JORDANIAN ARMISTICE LINES. TODAY, IT WAS ISRAELI MOUNTED POLICEMEN WHO JOINED THE PROCESSION AT THE OUTSKIRTS OF BETHLEHEM, REPLACING THE JORDANIAN LANCERS OF THE PAST TWENTY YEARS.

    FOLLOWING THE OLD CUSTOM, NOTABLES OF BETHLEHEM AND THE TWO OTHER TOWNSHIPS IN THE AREA WELCOMED THE PROCESSION AND ESCORTED IT THROUGH STREETS, GAILY DECORATED AND FILLED WITH PILGRIMS FROM MANY COUNTRIES.

    THE ISRAELI AUTHORITIES HAVE TAKEN SPECIAL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO ENSURE PEACE AND ORDER. JEWS AND MOSLEMS WERE BARRED FROM ENTERING BETHLEHEM SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAMPER CHRISTIAN WORSHIPPERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAV9KNE0L5VI2N7WZRWBQECWP8
    Media URN:
    VLVAV9KNE0L5VI2N7WZRWBQECWP8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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