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Royalty is back in Jerusalem, or at least royalty manners: As part of the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, in which Jerusalem was liberated, guards dresses as British soldiers will be stationed at Jaffa gate.
The 40th anniversary celebration is set to open in the coming months and the Jerusalem Municipality is expecting more than a million visitors.
The municipality, together with the Tower of David Museum, is planning a special project to illustrate Jerusalem's historical past to tourists.
Every day in the afternoon, for several hours, theater actors will stand in Jaffa Gate dressed as sentries from several historical periods, among them the British Mandate period. In order to protect the guards, they will stand behind a special fence.
"Israeli tourists in Britain try to make the guards laugh, they're always trying to touch them," explained the project's coordinator Gil Shefer.
Shefer, who heads the PR department in the municipality, added that "the Old City has yet to fulfill its potential. We know that most tourists enter through Jaffa Gate, so now instead of being welcomed by pretzel vendors, they will meet an international attraction."
Reproduced with permission: Ynet