Prince William starts Israel visit by honouring Holocaust victims

26 June, 2018, 18:07 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Israel's president has called on Prince William to take with him "a message of peace" when he meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute in Jerusalem to the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust in an emotional ceremony during his historic visit to Israel.

William, who is making a five-day visit to the Middle East, will receive a short tour of the museum before meeting with two Holocaust survivors of the Kindertransport who will share their personal experiences with him.

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Prince William made sure to take a photo of himself in the same location as his wife some thirty years ago, and it will surely be shown to the couple's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis when he returns to Kensington Palace in a few days. "It's great honor for me to be able to say thank you, symbolically, to the British people who saved my life".

A spokesman for the prince, acknowledging the "well-known" and "complex challenges" in the Middle East, said William's tour, like other visits overseas by members of the British royal family, will be non-political. Princess Alice hid three members of the Cohen family in her palace in Athens during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II.

A devoted Aston Villa fan, William, 36, is wearing beige trousers and a tie-less sky blue shirt, while 23-year-old Hussein, is wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt and jeans. The princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem.

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Tomorrow, he will lay a wreath at Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, before meeting separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

The Palestinians are also eager to welcome the prince, hoping his visit will give them a boost as they struggle with a Trump administration they consider biased toward Israel. Israel considers the city, home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, as an inseparable part of its capital. "I'm very much looking forward to really absorbing and understanding the different issues".

Later in the day, William planned to meet young people participating in a soccer-based youth programme in Tel Aviv and deliver a speech at a reception at the British ambassador's residence.

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His day will round off with a visit to the city of Jaffa, where he will meet young Arab and Jewish Israelis playing football together, and will join them in a penalty shoot-out.

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