Christians flock to Israel for Feast of Tabernacles, join Jerusalem March

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

It's that time of year again, and Jerusalem is overflowing with thousands of Christian pilgrims who have come to the Holy Land to mark the biblical Feast of Tabernacles, or Succot, as it is known in Hebrew.

The bulk of the visitors are attending the Feast of Tabernacles event put on by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, while hundreds more are taking part in smaller events hosted by ICEJ founder Jan Willem van der Hoeven and local Messianic leader Barry and Batya Segal.

On Tuesday, nearly all of the Christian visitors took part in the annual Jerusalem March, joining tens of thousands of Israelis as they proceeded through the capital's main thoroughfares in a declaration of Jewish sovereignty over the city.

Some 20,000 police officers were deployed to protect the marchers as they passed near Arab neighborhoods on their way to the Old City.

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