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Israelis and Palestinians alike revel in snow blanketing the Holy Land

Israelis and Palestinians woke Friday to a rare sight in the usually temperate Holy Land: a thin blanket of snow.

Snow fell in Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Galilee, and the West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem as residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. 

Local media reported that this was the first time in four years that snow had fallen in Jerusalem.

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A Palestinian man and his son stand next to a snowman outside their house on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah as wintry weather swept through the region on March 2, 2012.

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Israelis play in the snow in Jerusalem on March 2, 2012.

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Palestinian youths play with snowballs in Jerusalem on March 2, 2012.

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Two Haredi (Ultra Orthodox ) Jews make their way through a snowstorm in the Mea Shaarim neighborhood of Jerusalem on March 2, 2012.

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Ultra-orthodox Jewish youths dress a snowman in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood on March 2, 2012.

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Snow falls on an olive tree in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 2, 2012.

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Melted ice trickles off the hat of a man as he visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on March 2, 2012.