web analytics
April 21, 2014 / 21 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Fire In Jerusalem


Keeping-Jerusalem

Share Button

Many unanswered questions remain surrounding the fire that broke out in the Jerusalem Forest on Sunday, burning 40 acres and sending four people to the hospital.

   The Jerusalem Forest, 1.2 square kilometers of lush, green pine trees on the west side of the capital, is surrounded by several Jerusalem neighborhoods, including Har Nof, Beit HaKerem, and Givat Sha’ul, as well as Moshav Beit Zayit. It was planted during the 1950s by the Jewish National Fund.
   The police originally reported that Sunday’s flames broke out simultaneously in three or four spots – generally a clear indication of arson. Despite this, a police spokesman said only, “This raises a lot of questions,” and that the fire was “perhaps an arson or something like that.”
   Among the locations reported as having been first to burn were a fuel installation on a side road behind Har Nof, and an area just outside the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Some 150 dunams (37 acres) of the forest were burned – at first. But even after it was reported that the fire was under control, new, smaller fires continued to break out, keeping fire-fighters almost continually occupied. As of this writing, Tuesday afternoon, no word on an official end to the fire has been received.
   Suspicion was therefore rife that the fire was the result of Arab nationalist arson – even after the police reported that a Jewish man from Beit Zayit had been detained for carelessly losing control of his backyard fire. For one thing, it was asked, what happened to the “3-4″ places in which the fire broke out simultaneously? The police did not release an explanation.
   If, in the end, Arabs are indeed discovered to have started the fire, it will be far from the first time. In fact, Knesset Member Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz, head of the National Union party, noted on Sunday that “the vast majority of the arson cases throughout the country are perpetrated [by Arabs] with nationalist-terrorist motives.”
   Katz added that during the giant Carmel Forest fire last Chanukah, which was started accidentally and which killed over 40 people, Galilee Arabs were caught starting additional small fires even as fire-fighting teams were combating the main conflagration.
   One thing is certain: The Jerusalem Forest is not located in disputed territory. Not a square inch of it was liberated by Israel during the Six Day War, and it includes no former homes or fields of refugee Arabs. If Katz’s premonition is correct, it is simply additional confirmation of how our Arab enemies work to take all of Jerusalem, not just parts thereof.
   Even if we grant that they realize their takeover of western Jerusalem is not a realistic goal, one of their objectives is definitely the thinning out of the city’s Jewish population. They have done it before: In 1949, an estimated 25 percent of Jerusalem’s Jews fled in the face of random Arab Legion sniper fire from Jordan.
   As we face the ongoing, often below-the-radar threat to Jerusalem’s Jewish sovereignty, it is imperative that we remain alert to the fact that every Arab attack on Jerusalem is part of an all-encompassing strategy.
   Consider the Temple Mount, for example. For the past several years, Arabs led by the Muslim Wakf, which still runs the entire Mount, have been systematically ridding its lower floors of all vestiges and evidence of historic Jewish presence and sovereignty in the area. Dirt concealing a wealth of artifact remnants from the Holy Temples has been trucked out by the ton to nearby garbage dumps – all so that official Palestinian Authority spokesmen can continue to say, “This area was never Jewish.”
   Nearby, on the Mt. of Olives – another historic and religious location that keeps the Jewish People enduringly linked with the Holy City and Holy Land – Arab vandals continue their attempts to sabotage these ties. They throw rocks at Jewish visitors, desecrate Jewish graves, and generally act as if they know that weakening our ties with that ancient cemetery and Temple Mount lookout can only serve their own nationalist purposes.
   For yet another example, consider the Ir David neighborhood, just below and to the southeast of the Old City. Though much of what is recounted in the Bible regarding King David, his family and his warriors took place right there, Arab families that squatted there illegally over the past several decades now claim it as their own.
   They know full well the importance of our historic/national/religious bonds with the topographically-strange City of David – and this is why they periodically attempt lynchings of unsuspecting Jewish visitors to the area and threaten world crises whenever Israel attempts to enforce the law against them.
   We must permanently keep in mind that Muslims’ ties to Jerusalem have always been based on nothing more than political expediency, disguised as religious fervor. We are currently experiencing the fourth wave in Muslims’ aggrandizement of Jerusalem – at our expense – for their own political purposes. In fact, the Muslims’ artificial ties with Jerusalem are to be the subject of a future article in this series.

   For now, we ask that you continue to do what you can in this critical battle to keep Jerusalem Jewish. For more information on how to do so, via updates, bus tours of critical parts of Jerusalem, and more, send an e-mail to tours@keepjerusalem.org or visit the Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech website at www.keepjerusalem.org.

 

 

   Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development FundHe was formerly a senior adviser to Israel’s minister of tourism.  Hillel Fendel is past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7 and an authorBoth have lived in Jerusalem and now reside in Beit El.

Share Button

About the Author: Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel's minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel, past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7, is a veteran writer on Jerusalem affairs. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now live in Beit El.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

No Responses to “Fire In Jerusalem”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
BDS targets Zabar's; Carole Zabar promotes BDS proponents.
All in the Family: BDS Protests Zabars; Carole Zabar Promotes BDS
Latest Indepth Stories
Imam Suhail Webb who boasted his Muslim community persuaded Brandeis President Fred Lawrence to withdraw an invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

At Brandeis, much of what counts as Western civilization got cold feet and won’t stand with Hirsi Ali.

Text of anti-Semitic flyer distributed to Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine on Passover 2014.

But the lesson from this meditation is that hidden behind the anti-semitic act is the greatest light.

Yossi Klein HaLevi

As support of their messianic dream, Halevi and Antepli approve dishonoring Hirsi Ali as a ‘renegade.’

matza

If itis a mitzva to eat matza all Pesach, then why is there no berakha attached to it?

When we are united with unconditional love, no stone will be raised against us by our enemies.

The reporter simply reports the news, but it is greater to be inspired to better the situation.

The Big Bang theory marked the scientific community’s first sense of the universe having a beginning.

Freeing convicted murderers returns the status of Jewish existence to something less than sanctified.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall” describes what God had in mind for Olmert.

We, soldiers of the IDF, who stand guard over the people and the land, fulfill the hopes of the millions of Jewish people across the generations who sought freedom.

How much is the human mind able to grasp of the Divine?

Jews have brought the baggage of the galut (exile) mentality to the modern state of Israel.

The Haggadah is an instruction manual on how to survive as strangers in strange lands.

It’s finally happened. New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan reported on her blog that “many readers…wrote to object to an [April 2] article…on the breakdown in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,” claiming “[they] found the headline misleading and the article itself lacking in context.” Ms. Sullivan provided one such letter, quoted the […]

Nor did it seem relevant that according to widely circulated media reports, Rev. Sharpton was caught on an FBI surveillance video discussing possible drug sales with an FBI agent.

More Articles from Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein / KeepJerusalem.org
Keeping-Jerusalem

Under the plan, a person who was not a citizen of either the Jewish or Arab state was to be appointed governor to administer Jerusalem and to conduct external affairs…

Neve Yaakov

Is it not ironic that the renewal of a decades-old Jewish town is considered an “illegal settlement” on “occupied territory”?

Much has been written about President Shimon Peres’s promises to grant the Vatican official status in Jerusalem and control over its holy sites.

One of the claims made by pro-Arab interests on Jerusalem is against archaeological findings.

National park status is, unfortunately, not an ironclad guarantee against Arab encroachment.

While the Temple Mount evokes such strong Muslim emotions, it is no longer clear that it does the same for most Jews.

Gilo, Har Homa and Ramat Shlomo – among the Jerusalem neighborhoods liberated from Jordanian control during the Six-Day War – are scheduled to gain hundreds of apartments.

What exactly does MK Hanegbi mean when he says “no division of Jerusalem?”

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/keeping-jerusalem/fire-in-jerusalem/2011/07/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: