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Holy Year Pilgrims Expected to Go Via Beirut Instead of Israel. U.N. Officials Say

Refusal by Transjordan to permit Holy Year pilgrims to enter Transjordan-occupied territory from Israel will mean that the majority of the visitors will pass through Beirut, U.N. officials here said today. It was reported today that Amman authorities have already begun talks to set up an air shuttle service linking the Kalandia airfield near here with Cairo and Damascus.

In Tel Aviv an official communique revealed that facilities have been set aside to accommodate Holy Year pilgrims who may wish to visit Israel in 1950. Christians desiring to cross the Jewish state’s frontiers at Christmas time will be allowed to do so, the government said.

The Israel Ministry of Religion today ordered that the job of cleaning up and repairing the damaged Dormition Church on Mt. Zion be started immediately.