Page 5, 17th March 1950

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Page 5, 17th March 1950 — ALL HOLY LAND IS OPEN TO PILGRIMS
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ALL HOLY LAND IS OPEN TO PILGRIMS

To Bethlehem by Burma Road'

RADIO PRIEST

The Holy Land from the Israeli-held New City of Jerusalem to Jordan-held Old Testament Jericho, may now be visited by Holy Year pilgrims without encountering any political barriers. Both countries have permitted unrestricted movement between them for bona fide Previously pilgrims had not been allowed to enter Arab-held Palestine from Israel and vice versa.

Crossing the frontier in either direction is now permitted in Galilee or at the Mandelbaum Gate in Jerusalem's no-man's-land.

Holy Year pilgrims may reach the Holy Land by sea or air through Israel, through Arab countries.

There is a more or less regular small-plane service to Kalandia airport. about 10 miles north of Jerusalem.

The Amman civil airfield offers the best prospects for regularity of service.

From Amman to Jerusalem a two to three-hour journey Messing through the globe's lowest inhabited valley the pilgrim travels down from the Jordan plateau. along the picturesque Wadi Sheib with its oleander-bordered torrent. down to more than 1,000 feet below sea level. He then crosses the River Jordan and reaches Jericho,

Short drive

From Jericho to the Dead Sea is only a 20-minute drive, and thence another hour to Jerusalem, passing on the way the Inn of the Good Samaritan and Bethany, and finally the Garden of Gethsemane.

From Jerusalem, the pilgrim takes the new so-called " Burma Road" through the Judean hills to Bethlehem.

A new Arab Travel Agency looks after visitors while in Arab territory. It operates ender the Jerusalem Tourist Development Committee of five members. one of whom is a Catholic.

The committee controls and registers guides, shops, hotels and transport for the protection of the pilgrim.




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