More than 25,000 marched through the hills of Judaea on Wednesday (24 September) as part of the traditional Jerusalem march.
GV Marchers winding down hill and along road (2 shots)
TV Group marching along road singing
GV Another contingent of marchers singing and marching
SV PAN FROM Prime Minister Rabin and Chief of Staff on reviewing balcony TO troops marching past singing (3 shots)
SV Prime Minister Rabin and Chief of Staff
SV Marchers through city
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Background: More than 25,000 marched through the hills of Judaea on Wednesday (24 September) as part of the traditional Jerusalem march. The march -- traditionally a three-day affair -- was officially reduced to one day last year for security and money reasons.
The huge parade -- patterned on the famous international marching marathon in Nijemegen in Holland -- was revived twenty-one years ago as a traditional Jewish ceremony. It is based on ancient pilgrimage marches to the Jewish shrines in the city.
As it did last year, the march falls during the week of the Feast of the Tabernacles, in the middle of the Sukkot festival. The celebrations of Sukkot -- one of Israel's most holy periods -- marks the annual feast of thanksgiving.
Contingents from any of Israel's military units took part in the march, along with civilians and visitors. Britain, West Germany, Switzerland and Denmark were among the foreign countries represented at this year's parade ... as were members of Israel's Druze community.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Mordechai Gur and Jerusalem's mayor Teddy Kolleck were among the officials reviewing the march as it passed through the city centre.
The march took place on the same day that Israeli radio announced that Israel would put its full signature to the interim agreement with Egypt in Jerusalem ... not in Geneva where the details of the accord were worked out.