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Jerusalem Observes Passover, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday

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22 Apr 2019
Jerusalem Observes Passover, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday
Several thousand Christians, mostly Arab Catholics and Greek Orthodox but also tourists from around the world and a variety of denominations, marched through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday to mark Resurrection Sunday, while Israeli Jews were in the midst of the Passover Week holiday. On Monday, an estimated 100,000 Jewish worshippers braved the unseasonably cold and wet weather to crowd into the Western Wall plaza for the Priestly Blessing prayer service.
The holiday weekend was also marked by unexpected heavy rains, hail and snow on Mount Hermon. Meteorologists reported that Israel has had the most severe winter-style weather in many years, with the Sea of Galilee rising another 1.5 cm on Saturday, bringing the level to 211.47 meters below Sea Level. 

Israel Offers Assistance to Sri Lanka
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Iranian IRGC Replaces Commander
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