Watchmen on the walls

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
It will look to some like the British Mandate is back: The stoic guards bedecked with red coats and furry black hats that characterize Buckingham Palace in London will stand at Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. In the coming months, official celebrations will begin commemorating Israel’s recapturing of Jerusalem from Jordan after the Six Day War in 1967. As part of the many planned celebrations for Jerusalem’s 40th year under Israeli rule, theater actors will pose as sentries outside the gate. The British guards are famous for their impassive expressions and implacable stance while thousands of tourists daily bait them to crack a smile. The sentries at Jaffa Gate will be placed behind a special fence so as to avoid harassment, especially from citizens of the host nation. “Israeli tourists in England try all the time to irritate the soldiers at the palace and touch them,” explained the project manager.

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