Updated Details Regarding Coverage for the Funeral of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres
Following are preliminary details regarding coverage for the funeral of Israel's ninth president, Shimon Peres.
Live broadcasts on all media (television, radio and Internet) will be provided free of charge from three locations: Ben-Gurion International Airport during the arrival of the delegations, the Knesset today (Thursday, 29 September 2016) from 08:30-09:00 to cover the laying of wreaths by heads of state, and on Mt. Herzl tomorrow (Friday, 30 September) from 09:00-13:00 to cover the eulogies and the funeral ceremony. The live broadcasts will be available on the GPO website and Facebook page.
Roads around the Knesset will be closed from today; the roads around Mt. Herzl are due to be closed from tomorrow morning until the conclusion of the funeral. (See below for details.)
I. GPO Media Center
The Government Press Office (GPO) will, on Friday (30 September 2016), operate a media center for the convenience of foreign journalists at the GPO building in the Jerusalem Technology Park (Malha; Building #4, fourth floor). The center will include live broadcasts, simultaneous translation in five languages (English, Russian, French, Italian and Arabic), background materials (including historical photographs) and photographs from the Knesset, Mt. Herzl and Ben-Gurion international Airport. The media center will operate from 06:00 until after the conclusion of the funeral at approximately 13:30 Friday afternoon.
GPO Director Nitzan Chen: "There is insufficient space on Mt. Herzl for everyone who has come to cover the funeral. Our media center will provide all necessary services including live broadcasts. I recommend that journalists who are not included in the pools utilize our facilities."
II. Following are the tentative media arrangements for the Knesset for today (Thursday, 29 September):
Regarding Knesset entry permits:
* Permanent Knesset entry permits are valid all day today.
* Media entry to the Knesset this morning from 06:30.
* Journalists with valid GPO cards are requested to send their applications for Knesset entry permits (as per the usual procedure) to the Knesset Visits and Permits Dept. at 02-5611201 (fax) or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, please phone 02-6496729.
* Journalists without valid GPO cards are invited to contact the Knesset Visits and Permits Dept. in order to arrange an entry permit, and – having done so – will be able to cover from 12:00-16:00.
* From 09:00-21:00 (or as necessary), the public will be able to pay their respects before the coffin.
* The media platforms are designated for video and stills photographers.
* Stand-up and broadcast positions will be allocated to interested media near the monument on the Knesset plaza.
Street closings and transportation to the Knesset
From 08:00 today (Thursday, 29 September), all routes leading to the Knesset plaza will be closed to traffic: Eliezer Kaplan Street, Yoel Zusman Street and Road #16 which encompasses the Knesset. These routes will be closed until after the funeral procession has left for Mt. Herzl Friday morning.
Members of the public who wish to pay their respects before the coffin are requested to use the free parking lots from which they will be able to travel to the Knesset via shuttles. Parking lots in Jerusalem: Railway Station, Teddy Station, Ammunition Hill and Ein Yael-Jerusalem Zoo. Parking lots outside Jerusalem: Latrun and Modi'in Park & Ride.
III. Following are the tentative media arrangements for Mt. Herzl for Friday (30 September):
A) 09:30-11:00 – Eulogies on Herzl's Tomb Plaza
Coverage by expanded pool only! Pool details are as follows:
Israeli television: Channels #1, #2, #10, #9 and i24
Israeli stills: Ha'aretz and Yediot Ahronot
Israeli radio: Voice of Israel and Army Radio
Foreign television: AP, Reuters and BBC
Foreign stills: Reuters, UPI and EPA
Foreign radio: Radio France and BBC News
B) 11:00-12:00 – Moving of the coffin, Peres family and VIPs to the graveside, Great Leaders of the Nation section
12:00-12:30 – Interment ceremony
Coverage by reduced pool only! Pool details are as follows:
Israeli television: Channels #1, #2 and #10.
Israeli radio: Voice of Israel and Army Radio
Israeli stills: Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz
Foreign television: AP and Reuters
Foreign stills: AFP and AP
Pool MBUs to arrive at 05:00. Other pool media to arrive at 07:00 at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center parking lot. Entry to Mt. Herzl by foot only via the civilian gate.
For details, please contact the GPO's Sharon Goldhammer at 050-6205288 or sharon@Press.pmo.gov.il.
Mt. Herzl area street closings
From 07:00 tomorrow (Friday, 30 September), all routes leading to Mt. Herzl will be closed to traffic: Derech Mordechai Ish Shalom, Yehoshua Farbstein Street, Herzl Boulevard from Chords Bridge junction to Holland Square, Shmuel Beyth Street in the direction toward Mt. Herzl, Bayit Vagan Street and HaZikaron Street. Streets from the hotels to Mt. Herzl: Gershon Agron Street, Ramban Street, Hecht, Herzl.
Vehicles parked on these routes will be towed.
The roads will be opened following the conclusion of the funeral and the dispersal of those in attendance.
IV. Satellite and Internet Embed Code Details and Times
Click here for the satellite and embed code details for Ben-Gurion International Airport (Thursday, 29 September), the Knesset (Thursday, 29 September), the Knesset (Friday, 30 September) and Mt. Herzl (Friday, 30 September).