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  • Freezing Cold Causes Considerable Damage to Crops in Israeli

    Freezing cold, snow and high winds buffeted Israel today for the second day, causing considerable damage to crops particularly citrus groves. Nahama in the north was cut off by the raging Gaaton River and other roads in the Galilee were submerged by high waters. Jerusalem had snow and temperatures just above zero. Coast guard vessels…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Eshkol Completes American, Canadian Tour; Israelis Report ‘successful’ Outcome

    Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and his party arrived at J. F. Kennedy International Airport from Ottawa this morning in a plane provided by the Royal Canadian Air Force and took off in an El Al plane shortly afterwards for London. The Israeli leader is scheduled to meet there with Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Britain…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • El Al Boeing 707 Machine-gunned by Arab Terrorists in Zurich, 8 Injured

    An El Al Boeing 720B airliner bound for Tel Aviv was machine-gunned by Arab terrorists tonight as it taxied into a take-off position on the runway at Kloten International Airport. Eight persons aboard the plane, including the pilot, were reported to have been wounded. One of the attackers was killed. Five others, one of them…

  • 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…

  • Rabbinical Court Building, Unsafe, Faces Demolition Despite Protests

    The building of the Supreme Rabbinical Court near the Wailing Wall in Old Jerusalem has been condemned as unsafe and will be torn down despite protests from the rabbinate. Part of the structure caved in under last week’s snow, damaging records and other documents which the rabbinate insisted on keeping in the building oven though…

  • Special JTA Interview Oskar Schindler: a Man for All Reasons

    I hated the brutality, the sadism and the insanity of Nazism. I just couldn’t stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could, what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That’s all there is to it. Really. Nothing more.” Oskar Schindler didn’t look at anyone in particular…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Digging out of Worst Snowstorm

    Israelis began digging themselves out of the worst snowfall in recent years today. It blanketed much of the country from Galilee to the northern Negev, left many areas temporarily without heat or electric power and played havoc with deliveries of bread and milk. About 17 inches of snow fell in and around Jerusalem between 11:30…

  • Tel Aviv U Honors Chagall

    Marc Chagall has been presented with an honorary doctorate in humanities by Tel Aviv University and has been invited to lecture there, if was disclosed here by two officials of the university. Victor Carter, chairman of the Board of Governors, and Col. Yosef Carmel, deputy chairman, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that they visited the…

  • Soldiers Vote Under Varying Conditions

    From Mount Hermon in Syria to the West Bank of the Suez Canal, soldiers voted yesterday in Army units spread along the cease fire lines. Mild weather prevailed except in the north. But a snow storm in the Golan Heights presented no serious obstacle to the mobile polling stations moving swiftly from unit to unit,…

  • Winter Engulfs Israel

    Winter engulfed Israel in earnest this week in the form of heavy rains that extend through the normally arid Negev as far south as Eilat. It has proved a mixed blessing. Firemen were called to pump out flooded apartments in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. But water experts believe the heavy downpour will raise the level…

  • Power Failures Darken Israel

    The lights went out all over Israel this afternoon as hard pressed power stations gave in to enormous pressures from the elements and from consumers suffering from a bitter cold wave. Another freezing storm hit many parts of the country and Jerusalem was whipped by gales and hall and snow forecast tonight for high ground…

  • 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…