East Jerusalem: Jewish worshippers gather for Passover blessing at Western Wall

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Jewish worshippers gathered at the Western Wall in East Jerusalem for a public Priestly Blessing on Monday. The ceremony of Birhat Kohanim takes place twice a year during the religious holidays of Passover and Sukkot.

The congregation from Israel and around the world received the blessing from hundreds of male Jews of priestly lineage. Covered with special garments, they recited a scriptural blessing and raised their hands in the air.

Extra security forces were deployed across the area for the duration of the holiday.

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