Israel Starts Chanukah with Lighting First Candle Atop Knesset

Chanukah celebrations were inaugurated throughout the country last night with the kindling of the traditional menorahs on public buildings and in the windows of most homes. The traditional torchlight parade of youth was held later in the evening in the main streets of the city.

Ceremonies opening the eight-day festivities began with the display of the first light atop the Knesset building here and with the lighting of a candelabra on Israel’s Mount Scopus enclave which is entirely surrounded by Jordanian occupied territory. The enclave is manned by Israel police who guard the original buildings of the Hebrew University and the Hadassah Hospital.

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