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Jerusalem of Gold became Jerusalem of Dark on Thursday night when the season’s first winter storm snapped trees and brought down power lines in the capital city, leaving residents to cope with increasing cold weather on their own.
Winds of at least 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour) and driving rain came down in sheets, causing local flooding and loosening up the root systems of old bushes and trees.
A number of parked cars in the city were damaged by falling trees, and several neighborhoods in Jerusalem lost power for varying periods of time as well.Hana Levi Julian
Reports are coming in from around Israel — it is finally raining.
On the Hermon mountain, a mixture of snow and rain have begun falling.
Around Jerusalem the winds are blowing and knocking down branches.
Jewish Press News Briefs
Turkey is on high alert for a huge acid rain cloud coming its way following a fire that erupted at a sulfur plant south of Mosul, the Daily Mail reported Sunday night. ISIS blew up the al-Mishraq sulfur plant a few weeks ago, to slow down the advancing Iraqi army.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak expressed his hope that the cloud, capable of producing acid rain that would burn through vegetation, will not hit Turkish territory but instead “will pass by our Hakkari borders (southern Turkey) and proceed directly to the Caspian Sea.”
Turkish meteorologists were less optimistic, predicting that humidity in the area will increase, and when water merges with sulfur dioxide and water vapor, it will form sulfuric acid rain that “will burn the plants in the region.”
According to the UN, Iraqi health facilities have treated more than 1,000 cases of suffocation in the area south of Mosul, and condemned “what appears to be a scorched-earth policy employed by retreating” ISIS fighters. UNEP chief Erik Solheim said that “this is, sadly, just the latest episode in what has been the wholesale destruction of Iraq’s environment over several decades.”
Solheim added that the “ongoing ecocide is a recipe for a prolonged disaster. It makes living conditions dangerous and miserable, if not impossible. It will push countless people to join the unprecedented global refugee population.”
Naturally, there will be no discussion of this war crime at UNESCO, because the organization’s time is taken up with obliterating the memory of Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
“…. I will give rain for your land at the proper time, the early rain and the late rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine and your oil.” (Deuteronomy 11:13-21)
The winter rains arrived right on schedule this Thursday, sweeping through northern Israel and then spreading to the central region before reaching the Negev.
In the south and eastern parts of the country, forecasters warned residents to beware of flash floods, in particular in the dry desert areas around the Dead Sea, where low-lying roads are easily flooded.
Foreign hikers and tourists driving through the area are often suddenly caught unawares during such rainstorms.
The rain was expected to be accompanied by a rise in the temperatures, and high winds, but forecasters said the mercury would drop to seasonal levels by Friday with the rain tapering off.Hana Levi Julian
Two Israeli hikers were successfully rescued Tuesday after they were trapped on a mountain in a blizzard on the Russian-Mongolian border.
Along with the Israelis, two Russian hikers were also caught out in the storm, which hit the group Tuesday morning on a trail about 2200 meters (6,600 feet) above sea level.
The hikers sent out a distress call on their satellite phone and reached the Magnus company, which provides evacuation services to Israelis when they’re abroad. Magnus teams are on call to carry out policies issued by five leading Israeli insurance companies that offer its services. Founded to provide Israeli travelers and their families with solutions in case of loss of contact and emergency while abroad, Magnus teams plan and launch skilled rescue operations at short notice.
Israeli consul in Russia Jacob Rosh was in phone contact with Russian authorities to seek their assistance in the rescue effort.
Local rescue teams were dispatched to the area to bail out the hikers, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon. They arrived just in time; the group was facing rain mixed with snow, the temperature was 10 degrees and they were running low on fuel for their propane burner.
JNi Media contributed to this article.Hana Levi Julian