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  • Jerusalem Paralyzed by Snow

    Jerusalem experienced its second snowfall of the winter today and the city where snow is a rarity, was virtually paralyzed. Public and private transportation came to a halt by mid-afternoon and interurban services in both directions ceased soon afterwards. The municipality’s snow clearing machinery was unable to cope with the downfall and stalled as the…

  • Storm blankets Jerusalem with snow

    Jerusalem was covered with nearly two feet of snow after a winter storm that cut off traffic to Israel’s capital, left thousands stranded and briefly shut down the country’s main airport.

  • Snow closes Jerusalem schools

    JERUSALEM, March 18 (JTA) — Parts of Israel became a winter wonderland this week. A snowstorm shut down Jerusalem and other parts of the country for several hours Wednesday, just two days after a sandstorm from North Africa blew up yellow dust all around the country. Meteorologists said some 4 inches of snow fell on…

  • Snow Closes Jerusalem Schools

    Parts of Israel became a winter wonderland this week. A snowstorm shut down Jerusalem and other parts of the country for several hours Wednesday, just two days after a sandstorm from North Africa blew up yellow dust all around the country. Meteorologists said some 4 inches of snow fell on Jerusalem in eight hours, closing…

  • Snow in Jerusalem Amazes and Delights Young and Old

    To the world at large, the idea of this Holy City being covered in a white pall of snow, the bleached domes and spires and steeples and minarets of a tri-religious center standing out picturesquely from the surrounding Judean hills, seems wholely incongruous because palestine is in the sub-tropies. “Snow in Jerusalem” sounds as inappropriate…

  • Jerusalem snow postpones Kerry-Netanyahu meeting

    Jerusalem and its environs were blanketed with snow, causing the postponement of a scheduled meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

  • Snow falls in Israel

    Several inches of snow fell in Jerusalem and other mountainous areas in Israel.

  • Snow and memory

    It’s snowing in Jerusalem. I know this through the magic of the Internet, of social media where I see friends posting photos. I grew up in snow, in Montreal, and loved it, but I grew to appreciate it in Jerusalem. Here in DC, all it’s become is the occasional pain in the neck. And back….

  • Snow falls on Israel

    Snow piled up on the Golan Heights and in the Galilee, and dusted Jerusalem as rain, hail and strong winds swept the rest of Israel.

  • Fierce Gales, Snows Hit Israel; Jerusalem Isolated, Coast Buffeted

    Fierce gales and snowstorms — the worst in 27 years, according to local meteorologists — blanketed most of Israel today, isolated Jerusalem for hours and forced the cancellation of a scheduled meeting between the U.N. Mideast envoy Ambassador Gunnar Jarring, and Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban. Ambassador Jarring’s headquarters at Nicosia, Cyprus, was notified when…

  • Heavy Snow Hits Jerusalem for Second Time in Two Weeks; City Alerted

    Snow fell for the second consecutive day today in Jerusalem and for the second time in two weeks – as the city girded for a possible repeat of the havoc caused by the earlier storm. The Knesset (Parliament) prudently cut its session short last night so that members could get home before roads became impassable…

  • Snow Comes to Israel

    Snow blanketed Jerusalem and the surrounding hills today and freezing rains lashed Tel Aviv on the coast, disrupting normal life in both cities and snarling traffic between them. Israel experiences snowfalls on an average of once in two years. Water and heating pipelines are above ground and freeze when the temperature drops. Israeli cars do…

  • Lion statues roar in Jerusalem

    Joining the international club of cities that have turned their streets into art galleries, Jerusalem chose as its symbol the logo of the City of Jerusalem, the Lion of Judea. The project has captured the imagination of Jerusalemites, especially children,

  • Snow Falls in Jerusalem; Flood Waters Make Roads Impassable; Crop Damage Feared

    The city of Jerusalem and its environs today presented a rare picture of snow and ice following a snowfall preceded by storm and rein. Residents of Jerusalem, who seldom see snow, awoke yesterday morning to find the roofs of their houses, of towers and mosques, covered with a thick layer of snow, while the entire…

  • First Heavy Snow Since 1870 Cuts Tel Aviv-jerusalem Road; Cripples Electricity

    Jewish Agency officials worked through the night in freezing temperatures examining conditions in immigrant reception camps in Israel, following the worst snow-fall that has ever hit this country. A heavy snow fell in the entire Tel Aviv area for the first time since 1870, while the rest of Israel was reported under a deep blanket…

  • Snow-trapped Israel Thawing out

    Sunshine broke through the clouds this morning, swiftly melting the blanket of snow that virtually paralyzed Jerusalem yesterday and kept all but emergency vehicles off the roads. But a new freeze-up was predicted for tonight and motorists were warned again to keep their cars at home. Yesterday’s inundation of snow forced schools and government offices…

  • Government Commission to Probe Breakdown of Services in Jerusalem in Storm

    A Government-appointed committee will investigate the power failure and breakdown of other public services that paralyzed Jerusalem during last week’s severe snow storm, Minister of Development Moshe Kol announced in reply to a question in the Knesset (parliament) last night. In addition, the Knesset’s interior committee will take up the general stoppage of municipal services…

  • Jerusalem Digging out of Worst Snowstorm in Decades

    Israel’s capital began to dig out today from under the worst snow storm to hit it in the memory of most of its inhabitants. As the snow, which exceeded 12 inches yesterday, began to melt, pedestrians and private cars once more appeared on the streets. Squads from the department of water supply and the municipal…

  • Jerusalem Digs in Itself out of Worst Snowstorm in Years

    The city today dug itself out of the worst snow storm in years. The main highways leading in and out of the city were cleared by 10 o’clock last night but snow plows and sanders took longer to clear paths through the city’s streets. Some Knesset members and staff were forced to spend the night…

  • New Snowstorm, Gales, Lash Jerusalem for Second Time in Two Weeks

    Heavy snow, lashed by gale winds, hit Jerusalem again this afternoon rousing fears that this city was in for a repeat of the devastating snow fall that virtually paralyzed it two weeks ago. Householders began to stock up on food items as traffic hampered by snow drifts and slush slowed down to a crawl in…

  • At Least 23 Killed in an Avalanche That Destroys Jerusalem Coffeehouse

    Arabs and Jews worked shoulder to shoulder in a 24-hour rescue operation that ended Sunday afternoon with the removal of at least 23 dead and 22 injured from an Arab coffeehouse in East Jerusalem that was buried under a mudslide Saturday. But the human solidarity shown in the face of tragedy did not last. Some…

  • Israel’s Heaviest Snowstorm Leaves Jerusalem in the Dark

    The snow that blanketed Jerusalem last week delighted children of all ages, but it also left the holy city in darkness and created numerous inconveniences for its residents. Tens of thousands of Jerusalemites were without electricity for up to four days following power outages created by the snowstorm and the floods that occurred elsewhere in…

  • “snow Since” in Jerusalum Broken: Crops Affected; Damages Reach Millions of Dollars

    Springlike sunshine and American bulldozers today broke the “snow siege” of Jerusalem, clearing the main roads in and around the city. However, the lowest temperatures in the memory of the oldest inhabitants still hampered all work in Upper Galilee and the Haifa area where interurban traffic was virtually paralyzed. The city of Safad remained completely…

  • UN Envoy Hastens to Stormbound Jerusalem for Urgent Meeting with Eban

    Ambassador Gunnar Jarring, the United Nations special representative to the Middle East, conferred with Foreign Minister Abba Eban in Jerusalem for an hour and a half today. No details of their talk were announced but a note of urgency seemed to surround the meeting largely because of the U.N. envoy’s special efforts to reach Jerusalem…

  • Arab Legionnaires Refuse Conciliation Commissioners Passage out of Jerusalem to East

    Arab Legion guards at the Mandelbaum Gate of the old City of Jerusalem today turned back the members of the U.N. Palestine Conciliation Commission who started on a trip to Jericho, on the Transjordan border. No reason as given for the action. The Commissioners are leaving Saturday on a three-week tour of the neighboring Arab…

  • Rare Snowfall Blankets Jerusalem; Heavy Rains Continue in Israel

    Snow, one of the rarest sights ever witnessed in the city and nearby areas, delighted children here who had never seen it before. But, elsewhere, heavy rains have drenched the country for six consecutive days, causing numerous floods and much hardship. Reports indicate that rainfall so far this year is already approaching the total for…

  • Heavy Rains Flood Roads in Israel; Jerusalem Railway Affected

    The first snow of the season in Israel fell this morning in Galilee to add to the woes of a population buffeted by incessant rain for the past week. Rain and gales lashed central Israel for the past 24 hours, flooding almost all roads leading from Tel Aviv to the south and east. The railway…

  • Snow, Sub-zero Temperatures Harass Israel; Highways Blocked

    For the second day in a row, areas of Israel today were pelted by snow, accompanied by sub-zero temperatures, that blocked roads and highways and forced the closing of schools. Three settlements were cut off, and plans were made to supply them by helicopter if they could not be reached by trucks within a few…

  • Snow-blocked Roads Prevent Resumption of Egyptian Prisoner Exchange

    The Egyptian-Israeli prisoner of war exchange, delayed by the heavy snowstorm that blanketed most of Israel and Sinai earlier this week, was postponed again today because the Egyptians had not cleared their section of the road. It is hoped that the exchange can be resumed tomorrow. The exchange was arranged by the International Red Cross…

  • Snow Blankets Much of Israel, Cutting Power and Closing Roads

    Israel greeted the new year with large areas buried under snow, or inundated by flood waters and buffeted by high winds. It was the latest in a succession of fierce storms which meteorologists say were the worst to strike the Holy Land in well over a century. Scores of highways were closed, including the one…

  • Esther, Rambo and Even Snow Mark Purim Holiday in Tel Aviv

    The streets of Israeli cities were merry today with youthful Queen Esthers, Mordechais, cowboys and Indians, Rambos, and even miniature versions of Alexis and Crystal from television’s Dynasty series. Youngsters paraded in brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 70s on the first day of spring, which this year coincides with Purim, the traditional day for…

  • Grocer, High Schoolers and Soldier Among Victims of Jerusalem Terror Blast

    For Shoshi Yosef, the political became much too personal. As secretary to the Israeli consul general in The Hague, Yosef had prepared for around-the-clock advocacy work this week against the International Court of Justice’s hearings on the West Bank security fence. Instead, she found herself back in Israel on Monday to bury her brother, Yehuda…

  • Floods, Rock Slides Hamper Israelis As Jerusalem Digs out of Worst Storm in Decade

    Israelis, whose climate has often been compared to that of Southern California, were trying to take in stride today the damage and disruptions caused by the worst snow and wind storms to hit the country in more than a decade. Members of the Knesset (Parliament) who had to walk to the Knesset building this afternoon…

  • Jerusalem Turns out to Hear Jasha Heifetz: High Commissioner Among Enthusiastic Audience

    Jerusalem turned out in force to-day to attend a concert given by Jasha Heifetz, the famous Jewish violinist, at the New Edison Hall. The High Commissioner, General Sir Arthur Wauchope, was present in the audience. Heifetz was given an enthusiastic reception. Heifetz has taken a very close interest in the movement which was launched a…

  • Arts & Culture Lion Statues Bring Welcome Roar to Residents of Besieged Jerusalem

    Wherever you go in Jerusalem these days, full-size lions stand silently on guard. On busy street corners in the center of the city, in the middle of flower-filled round-about, in front of the magnificent Jerusalem Theater, at several approaches to the colorful flag-filled City Hall Square you’ll come upon one of the 80 stately lions,…

  • News Brief

    The western entrance to Jerusalem was closed to traffic Monday because of snow. Heavy snow was expected to continue falling on Jerusalem throughout the night.