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Israel Plans Festival to Celebrate 3,000 Years of Jerusalem As King David’s Capital

A festival marking 3,000 years since the reign of King David in Jerusalem is now being planned by the Israel Government for 1952, it was announced at a press conference here today by G. Weidenfeld, President Weizmann’s adviser on political affairs. The celebration will be held in Jerusalem and will serve to emphasize that the city was Israel’s capital 3,000 years ago.

Similar historical celebrations will be held annually thereafter, Mr. Weidenfeld said, adding that they would symbolize Israel’s capital as the new state’s “cultural and spiritual center, whose window will be opened to the entire world.”

Scheduled for the 1952 celebration will be a musical program in which the world’s outstanding artists will be invited to participate. Operatic and dramatic performances will also be featured at the celebration, while a contest for the best play depicting King David’s reign will soon be announced. Exhibitions of paintings and other works of art dealing with King David’s era will also be on hand at the celebration.