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Abu Ghosh Resident Charged with Arson

A resident of the Israeli Arab village of Abu Ghosh has been indicted on charges of starting a forest fire in the area west of Jerusalem.

Abu Ghosh, friendly to Israelis for decades, is comprised mostly of Christian Arabs and is extremely popular both locally and abroad for its world-famous hummus.

Apparently one of its residents is not nearly as friendly to Israel, however. An indictment was filed in Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday against 19 year old Sa’id Abd al-Rahman, charging him with arson.

Rahman was accused of igniting a fire, using a lighter, last Sunday at a grove on HaTamar Street. He allegedly lit the blaze after a number of other fires were already burning in the area, according to the indictment.

Firefighters succeeded in extinguishing the blaze within 15 minutes – though not before half a dunam (1/8 acre) of forested land had already been destroyed.

The crime may indicate that Rahman intended to participate in an act of arson terror, a relatively new recent type of terrorism being perpetrated against Israeli by Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arabs especially in forested areas.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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15 Responses to “Abu Ghosh Resident Charged with Arson”

  1. Judith Dowla says:

    Upon proof of setting the fire, then charge the person with mischief.

  2. Glad he was caught. He should go to jail.

  3. Let him live in Syrias fire

  4. Judy Richka says:

    set him on fire

  5. Uzi Kattan says:

    It’s time to remove the Arab cancer from Israel. Forget jail, execute him.

  6. Sonia Morris says:

    He should be hanged along with the rest of them.

  7. Sonia Morris says:

    He should be hanged along with the rest of them.

  8. Paul W. Howe says:

    Evil wanting their just rewards… evil…

  9. Expel him to Syria. There he will see a lot of arson.

  10. Karen Bryant says:

    Lock him away after making him work a detail to clean up messes left behind after fires.

  11. Susie Suzi G says:

    Amen bring them all to justest

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