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Middle East / Pope's Holy Land Visit / Palestinians / Israel #191212

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 22, 2000
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(Jerusalem: Peter Jennings) Pope John Paul II's visit to the Holy Land introduced.

(In Bethlehem: Bill Blakemore) The pope's visit to Palestinian lands featured; various scenes shown, including a stop for prayer at the ancient cave where Christ may have been born; details given of the issue of the dwindling Palestinian Christian populace. [POPE - talks about a "Palestinian homeland" for a people without a home of their own.]

(Jerusalem: Peter Jennings) The pope's visit to a Palestinian refugee camp featured; scenes shown from the 52-year-old camp set up after the Arab- Israeli War of 1948. [In speech, POPE - tells the Palestinian refugees about freedom.] The frustration of the angry Palestinians detailed.

(Jerusalem: Peter Jennings) The pope's trip tomorrow to the Holocaust museum previewed.

(Jerusalem: Gillian Findlay) The Israeli reaction to the pope's visit featured; scenes shown of Jews cursing the pope for all the Jews killed by Christians; details given of poll evidence that the Jews know little about Christianity or this pope. [WOMAN - calls the pope an enemy of Judaism.] The issue of the silence of the Catholic Church about the Holocaust briefly reviewed.

Blakemore, Bill;
Findlay, Gillian;
Jennings, Peter

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