Carmel Newsreel II-026, July 13, 1949

First Israel Railways Train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with Minister of Transport David Remez

3 Minutes, 1949

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Directed by: Nathan Axelrod
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A train with an Israeli flag flying stands at the Tel Aviv train station. An emblem of Israel Railways is presented. Police and officials stand by the railroad car train. Journalists from Israel Radio (Kol Israel) interview officials in uniform. The station manager welcomes Transportation Minister David Remez who joins the trip. The train continues and arrives at Lod station. Soldiers enter the train at the station, as well as Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula. The train continues to Jerusalem through the Judean Mountains. The landscape and remnants of the Independence War are seen through the train windows. Two soldiers wave from the roof of a building in abandoned Arab village Dayr al-Shaykh. The train arrives at Jerusalem station and is welcomed in a festive ceremony with a welcome sign. A large crowd is present, including soldiers and an orchestra. Among the seated officials are Remez, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Sharett and IDF officers. Ben Gurion addresses the audience and Jerusalem Mayor Daniel Auster follows. The crowd listens and applauds. Young men sit on a rooftop and observe the ceremony.

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