Carmal Herzeliyya Newsreel 383, 1963

Funeral of Second President of Israel Yitzhak Ben Zvi

5 Minutes, 1963
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Directed by: Unknown
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Second President Yitzhak Ben Zvi passed away at the age of seventy-eight. The Presidents coffin is displayed at his home in Jerusalem, and dozens of mourners pay their respects, including his widow Rachel Yanait. Military Rabbinate soldiers carry the coffin out of the house and place it at Binyenei HaUma plaza for an official ceremony. Archive footage documents Ben Zvis inauguration at the Knesset, meetings with state leaders and ambassadors, visits to IDF bases, various tours around the country and meetings with children and veterans of war. About a year before his death, the deceased went on a tour to various African countries and met with their leaders. Immediately after his return, Ben Zvi was sworn in as President for the third time. Tens of thousands of people attend the official mourning ceremony at Binyenei HaUma. Prime Minister David Ben Gurion speaks in memory of the former president. 100 thousand people participate in the funeral procession, that leaves on its way to Har HaMenuchot cemetery and passes through the streets of Jerusalem. Some of the residents cry. Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Nissim delivers a speech during the procession. At the cemetery, the casket is lowered to the grave and representatives cover it with dirt from various parts of the country. A hazan prays, and hundreds of people pass before the grave.

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