Trudeau No Stranger to Jerusalem

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who will arrive with his wife in Israel at the end of the month as part of a private tour they are making of Europe and the Middle East, is not a stranger to Israel. Veteran journalists here recall that as a young man Trudeau visited Jerusalem and spent some time in an Old City detention cell. This happened in 1949, when he visited Israel and then went into Jordanian-occupied East Jerusalem.

Trudeau took a walk close to the armistice line, arousing the suspicions of Jordanian authorities. He was detained overnight in the old police station within the Old City walls. If, as expected, Trudeau stays at the King David Hotel during his current visit, he will not be too far away from the prison. And when he completes his visit to Israel, he will be going to Jordan.

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