West German Chancellor Willy Brandt toured the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday (10 June) during his official visit to Israel.
SV, SCU Brandt at Holy Sepulchre (4 shots)
LV, SV Brandt & party visits Redeemer Church (4 shots)
GV Dome of the Rock & people (2 shots)
LV, SV Brandt down steps from Dome Rock (2 shots)
GV PAN Wailing Wall & people praying (2 shots)
SV & CU Guide talking to Brandt at Wall (2 shots)
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Background: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt toured the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday (10 June) during his official visit to Israel.
He was under heavy security as he visited the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall and the Moslem Dome of the Rock.
Security men hustled away demonstrators who threw lesflots at the West German leader. The security screen was so tight, observers felt it was unlikely Herr Brandt had even known about the incidents, including one demonstrator throwing an egg, which was caught by a guard.
Herr Brandt first called at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed the site of the Crucifixion. He was met by representatives of the Greek Orthodox, Latin and Armenian Churches who conducted him around the shrine.
The visit to the Old City was billed as private, to avoid upsetting the Arab community. The Old City was part of the territory captured by israel during their June, 1967 war with the Arab states.
After a drive around the Old City walls of Jerusalem and through the Lion's Gate, Herr Brandt visited the El Aqsa Mosque. Doffing his shoes to enter, the West German leader was welcomed by the head of the Moslem religious council, Hassan Tahabub and Sheikh Mustafa Ansari, Chief of the Mosque of Omar.
Herr Brandt then went several hundred yards (metres) to the Wailing Wall -- which Jews believe is the last remnant of their Biblical temple.