Snowballs Fly in Israel

* "Snowball fight" is not a call you usually hear in Israel.

But in front of the Dome of the Rock, a sacred place for Muslims in Jerusalem's Old City, kids built snowmen. Outside their closed school, a group of Orthodox Jewish boys hurled snowballs at each other. In Bethlehem, which Christians recognize as the birthplace of Jesus, snow dusted church steeples.

Most businesses shut down as the country's few snowplows tried to move as much as a foot of snow off streets that are lined with palm trees.

It's the region's biggest snowstorm in at least 10 years.

Safe at Home

* Kids feel safer than they did before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a survey has found.

About 100 kids between the ages of 6 and 11 were given books of questions about things that scare them. The 6- to 8-year-olds were asked to answer questions and draw pictures. The 9- to 11-year-olds also were given disposable cameras, so they could photograph things important to them.

Kids were asked where they felt safest, and they most often photographed or drew their home or family. When asked to name a person who was a hero to them, 48 percent picked someone who "takes care of me."

When asked why home is the safe place, 75 percent said because "nothing bad" happens there.

The report also said that bullies are a big problem every day for many kids.

The May 2002 survey was the third done by Sesame Workshop about kids and their fears. The first was in May 2000, and the second was done several weeks after Sept. 11, 2001.

-- From staff and wire reports

A Palestinian builds a snowman in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City.