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Purim Celebrations Marred in Israel by Rains and Economic Problems

Israel’s economic difficulties coupled with unusually severe weather conditions seriously curtailed this year’s Purim celebrations today with many outdoor festivities canceled because of an unseasonal snow in Jerusalem and extremely heavy and prolonged rains in other parts of the country.

The rains, which continued without interruption for a second day, flooded the open air facilities set up in the cities and completely destroyed flags, pennants and other decorations.