JERUSALEM: MEMBERS OF "RECONCILIATION WALK" ARRIVE IN JERUSALEM TO APOLOGISE FOR MASSACRE COMMITTED BY THE CRUSADERS 900 YEARS AGORecord ID: 636629
- Title: JERUSALEM: MEMBERS OF "RECONCILIATION WALK" ARRIVE IN JERUSALEM TO APOLOGISE FOR MASSACRE COMMITTED BY THE CRUSADERS 900 YEARS AGO
- Date: 12th July 1999
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JULY 12, 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF THE 'RECONCILIATION WALK' MEMBERS WALKING IN JERUSALEM STREETS (6 SHOTS) 0.25 2. MV ULTRA ORTHODOX MAN LOOKING AT THE GROUP 0.28 3. VARIOUS GROUP MEMBERS ARRIVING AT DAMASCUS GATE IN THE OLD CITY (4 SHOTS) 0.46 4. SV GROUP MEMBERS PRAYING 0.58 5. VARIOUS OF PRAYER (3 SHOTS) 1.19 6. WIDE OF THE SCENE 1.23 7. SV (SOUNDBITE) (English) LYNN GREEN, A MALE ORGANISER FOR THE 'RECONCILIATION WALK', SAYING: "We have come here on the same day, nine hundred year later, and we are here just to say that all that has been done in the name of Jesus was contrary to his will, contrary to his example, and we are here to say we are sorry for misrepresenting him the way our forefathers did" 1.38 VIA DOLOROSA, OLD CITY, JERUSALEM (JULY 12, 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8. VARIOUS GROUP WALKING IN THE VIA DOLOROSA 1.45 9. SV/CU GROUP MEMBER GIVING A PALESTINIAN THE ARABIC VERSION OF THE APOLOGY (2 SHOTS) 1.59 10. SV PALESTINIAN TALKING TO GROUP MEMBER 2.07 11. SV GROUP MEMBER TALKING TO A PALESTINIAN SHOPKEEPER 2.24 12. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) PALESTINIAN SHOPKEEPER SAYING: "They are doing something very good, not even good, something very good, and we hope that they do that for other people also". 2.38 13. TRACK/SV GROUP MEMBERS SPEAKING TO PALESTINIANS (2 SHOTS) 2.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Duration: 00:02:53
- Story Text: Nine hundred years after the Crusaders conquered
Jerusalem hoping to liberate the Holy Land from the Moslems
scores of Christians have arrived in Jerusalem to apologise
for the bloody slaughter committed by their forefathers.
At the end of a three-year journey from Cologne, Germany,
members of the 'reconciliation walk' arrived in Jerusalem
to apologise for the masscre committed by the Crusaders nine
hundred years ago.
On July 15, 1099, tens of thousands of Crusader knights and
foot-soldiers breached the walls of Jerusalem and slaughtered
its Moslem and Jewish inhabitants.
It was a slight diversion from their main goal which was to
liberate the Christian holy sites from Moslem rule and exert
the supremacy of the Latin papacy over the eastern church
based in Constantinople.
In the same summer heat, nine hundred years later,
Christians are now apologising to Israeli and Palestinian
residents as they walk through the streets of Jerusalem.
"We have come here on the same day, nine hundred years
later, and we are here just to say that all that has been done
in the name of Jesus was contrary to his will" said Lynn
Green, the group's organiser.
About 350 Christians started from Galilee in the north,
travelling through the West Bank town of Nablus and arrived in
Jerusalem on Monday.
Meeting Palestinian shopkeepers at the Via Dolorosa in
Jerusalem's Old City, the group asked for forgiveness for the
violence of 11th-13th century military expeditions mobilised
by Western Christendom to try to capture holy places under Moslem
The Christian group, which said it aims at reconciliation
with Jews and Orthodox Christians as well as Moslems, said it
offered love and brotherhood in contrast to Crusaders it said
"were motivated by hatred and prejudice."
The eight major Crusades to the Holy Land that began in 1095
ultimately failed to hold Christian sites, and by 1291, Acre,
the last Crusader foothold in Moslem-rule Palestine, was lost.
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