JERUSALEM CEL­E­BRA­TION

Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By UDI SHAHAM

A Brazil­ian pil­grim and IDF sol­diers take part in the Jerusalem March yes­ter­day, with the Ger­ard Be­har Cen­ter vis­i­ble in the back­ground. More than 60,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the event, which takes place ev­ery year dur­ing the in­ter­me­di­ate days of Sukkot.

Over 60,000 peo­ple at­tended the an­nual Jerusalem March on Tues­day. Del­e­gates from or­ga­ni­za­tions and coun­tries from all over the world par­tic­i­pated in the 3-km. walk.

The first groups march­ing rep­re­sented large or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Is­rael Elec­tric Cor­po­ra­tion, El Al, mil­i­tary and po­lice pla­toons, and sev­eral NGOs.

Fol­low­ing them was the delegation of the In­ter­na­tional Chris­tian Em­bassy Jerusalem, com­posed of Chris­tian pil­grims – the largest group, con­sist­ing of par­tic­i­pants from more than 90 na­tions.

The pil­grims, vis­it­ing the cap­i­tal to cel­e­brate Sukkot and at­tend the Feast of Taber­na­cles cel­e­bra­tion, were wav­ing flags, chant­ing “we love Is­rael,” call­ing out “shalom,” and hold­ing signs ex­press­ing sup­port for the State of Is­rael.

Some groups played trum­pets, sho­fars and drums, and pre­sented tra­di­tional dances. Some handed out flags and candy to chil­dren.

The In­ter­na­tional Chris­tian Em­bassy Jerusalem stressed in a state­ment that this year’s feast gath­er­ing has cen­tered on the 50th an­niver­sary of the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Jerusalem dur­ing the Six Day War. After the march, the em­bassy held a trib­ute in the cap­i­tal’s Pais Arena for IDF sol­diers who lib­er­ated the Old City of Jerusalem in June 1967.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that he is ex­cited to host this event, year after year.

“The Jerusalem March is a tra­di­tion go­ing back over 60 years, and as time goes by it be­comes even more ex­cit­ing,” Barkat said.

“And in this year that we cel­e­brate the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the city, it is even more ex­cit­ing. Dur­ing this hol­i­day, Jerusalem is host­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors and tourists who en­joy the magic of the city, its gor­geous sites and our unique at­trac­tions,” he said.

(Marc Is­rael Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

(Marc Is­rael Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

TAI­WANESE CHRIS­TIAN PIL­GRIMS joy­ously march along Beza­lel Street dur­ing the Jerusalem March yes­ter­day.

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