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September 4, 2015 / 20 Elul, 5775
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Large Brush Fire Contained in Galilee

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Firefighters have managed to contain a large brush fire after the blaze ignited between the Galilee communities of Abu Senan and the village of Khalil.

A ground crew of eight firefighters was backed up by four firefighting aircraft that worked to prevent the flames from spreading to homes in the complex topography of the area.

Another concern was the issue of the northern winds, which were blowing the flames towards an ancient olive grove.

There have been numerous wildfires throughout Israel this summer due to the extremely dry, hot conditions and also to a number of terrorist arsons. It is not yet clear how this fire started.

Is Duma Village the Most Flammable in Palestine?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Palestinian Authority media reported that late Sunday night a fire broke out in a house belonging to a member of the Dawabsha family in the village of Duma, not far from Ramallah. According to early reports, some family members were injured in the fire, but later reports said there were no injuries. Also, early Arab reports blamed the fire on Jewish settlers, but after a while the head of the Duma village council, Abdul Salam Dawabsha, announced the fire started due to a malfunctioning electric system.

However, local residents told NRG that they found a Molotov cocktail inside the burnt Dawabsha house, and suggested the house—located at the center of the village, just like the other two Dawabsha burnt houses were—had been set on fire as the result of an internal conflict. The same locals noted that, contrary to the previous fire, this house was left without Hebrew graffiti smeared on the walls.

In another interesting development, 0404.co.il reports that a third Dawabsha house in Duma had a fire in February of this year, and a Dawabshe family car was also burnt in June.

This raises the question, posed so far only by “extremist” Jews, as to whether the previous arson, where a baby and later his father—of the same Dawabsha clan—were killed, may also have been the result of internal fighting.

So far, the only evidence separating the incidents is the fact that someone was inspired to write graffiti in Hebrew on the walls of one of the burnt houses. To date, Israel’s internal security force has been unable to establish any connection at all between the Duma village arson and Jewish suspects, other than the fact that there exists a segment of the settler community in Judea and Samaria who dislike Arabs.

In fact, the same internal security force which had no problem locating within one week a 9-member Arab cell that was sworn to throwing Molotov cocktails at Jews to avenge the Duma arson—has had to resort to picking 16 Jewish settlers for different levels of administrative detention this past weekend, as an admission of its failure to bring credible charges against them in court.

According to reports, the latest burnt house belongs to Manor Rashid Dawabsha, brother of Mamun Dawabsha, whose empty house was set on fire three weeks ago along with the home of the late Sa’ad Dawabsha, who perished with his baby. Ghassan Douglas, who holds the Settlers portfolio in the Palestinian Authority, told WAFA that the house was burnt last night as the result of arson, and that a family member was injured from smoke inhalation.

Douglas told WAFA it was important not to rush into blaming Jewish settlers for last night’s arson, because, should it turn out to have been the result of village in-fighting, the Israelis would claim that the same was true about the previous case of arson.

Alleged Arab Arsonist Accused of Torching Center After Being Fired

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Hebron resident Mohanned Qawasme, 27, was indicted Sunday in Jerusalem District Court in connection with torching the VIEW events Center in the capital in revenge for being fired.

Qawasme was indicted on charges of arson, resisting arrest, illegally entering Israel, identity theft and forging documents, the District Attorney’s Office announced in a statement.

The indictment by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office came in connection with the August 9 arson attack on the VIEW Events Center in the Talpiot section of the capital.

Court documents accuse Qawasme of igniting fire in an oil tank area used for storage next to the events center. According to the documents, Qawasme torched the center in revenge for having been dismissed as an employee at the center some three months earlier.

The blaze caused hundreds of thousands of shekels in damage to the contents of the storage area.

One of the employees at the center noticed the flames and called the fire department in time for firefighters to extinguish the blaze before it could spread to nearby buildings.

Meanwhile, Qawasme had already begun employment at a different events center in Jerusalem, according to court documents. When he saw police approaching, he tried to escape, but was caught by officers at the scene, the indictment alleged.

The district attorney’s office requested in the indictment that the court extend Qawasme’s remand until the conclusion of the trial.

Historic French Synagogue Burns Down in Maizières-lès-Vic

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A quaint little stucco synagogue in the small French town of Maizières-lès-Vic burned to the ground last week. Jews have lived in the remote area for nearly a thousand years.

It is not clear the flames started, since there were no electrical wires in the building, which had not been used as a synagogue in decades.

In fact, the building was being used by a local poultry farmer, according to the French news website republicain-lorrain.fr .

The structure was utterly consumed by the flames, said police, who have launched an investigation into the fire.

Arson is not being ruled out. “The synagogue had no electrical feed and it didn’t burn itself down,” Mayor Alain Guise was quoted as saying.

The central French union of Jewish students, UEJF, also published a statement condemning the anonymous arsonist, if he or she exists.

“UEJF deplores the destruction of a synagogue that, even though it no longer welcomes worshipers, was a symbol of Jewish presence of almost a thousand years,” the group said.

Arab Demonstrates How Forest Fires are Started by Arson Terrorists

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Most media outlets feature videos on how to prepare gourmet meals or build your own dream house.

Here in the Middle East, if you know where to look, apparently one can also find footage on how to set your own forest fire.

Arson researchers have found quite a bit of evidence recently in forests and open areas throughout Israel that prove most of the recent fires that were so terribly destructive were the result of arson.

Although in many cases it was clear that the fires did not start as a result of travelers in the area, fire investigators found that difficult to prove, due to a lack of evidence.

But on Saturday night, the Hebrew-language 0404 news website published a helpful video shot by Palestinian Authority Arab photographer Jihad Qade, showing an Arab demonstrating how to set a forest fire on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Arson investigators are not always able to track down the evidence behind most of the fires that are set by such terrorists.

This video footage, however, together with some documentation by Arab media, shows the methods used to set some of these fires involves using a flame, an aerosol spray can and a spark plug.

The flame is then directed toward a tree or a bush of thorns, and soon it catches and begins to spread on its own.

In the above footage obtained by 0404, a fire is shown being lit by an Arab whose identity is concealed by a keffiyeh which covers his face as he stands in the open space next to a base in the Jerusalem area.

The goal of such activity is ominously clear: to burn and murder Jews.

Father in Duma Arson Attack Dies

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Sa’ad Dawabsha, 32, the father of the baby killed in the Duma arson attack on July 31, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday, and died.

He was being treated at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, with burns on 80% of his body.

The mother, Riham, with burns on 90% of her body, and their 4-year-old son, Ahmed, remain in critical condition. Ahmed is now conscious and off the respirator.

They are being treated at the Tel Hashomer Medical Center.

Despite a lack of evidence, the generally consensus at this point is that Jewish extremists set the fire. There are apparently still no leads yet in finding the perpetrators, and no arrests have been made.

After the funeral for Sa’ad, which thousands of people attended, Arabs began throwing rocks and burning tires. Hamas flags were waved at the funeral.

The IDF is now preparing for a large-scale escalation of Arab attacks against Jews.

Getting a Grip on Guilt: It’s Not Always About the Jews

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Some Israelis may have forgotten no one has yet actually tracked down the murderers of Ali Bawabsheh, in their desperate rush to make peace with our Palestinian Authority neighbors.

Our endless search for Heavenly dispensation for our sins sometimes leads Jews to seek forgiveness from the closest source of reprobation. Here in Israel it invariably is sought from those who also attack us most often: the Arabs.

This silly self-flagellation with which the Israeli Left bemoans the “hate-filled” Israeli society in Judea and Samaria – which it is not – has done nothing to heal any divisions that do exist.

Divisions do not a murderer make.

In the case of the arson that destroyed the Bawabsheh home, killed little Ali and horrifically injured his young brother and both of his parents, there are some other issues too.

So far, the entire country – in fact, the whole world – has assumed the attackers are Jews.

It is Israelis who are at fault, because Israeli media has disseminated that impression without first confirming it as fact.

That alone is unprofessional, stupid and self-defeating as well as dangerous.

The assumption is based on an “eyewitness account” by Palestinian Authority Arabs who may or may not have had their own agenda and on Hebrew-language graffiti spray-painted on the walls of the home.

But both are being re-examined.

It turns out that two homes were torched, for instance – not one as previously reported. The Palestinian Authority reports the perpetrators allegedly torched the first house but upon finding it empty, then moved along to the second, where they seized victims. They also stayed long enough to ensure their victims would be injured in the conflagration they caused with the Molotov cocktail they threw.

Yonadav Tapuchi, a young Jew who lives in Samaria, joined a group condolence visit to Duma on Sunday with the Tag Meir organization. He subsequently described the visit in a post on his Facebook page, saying it was “difficult.”

The Bawabsheh home was not easily accessible, Tapuchi noted, and to make sure a fire got started there was not so simple. There were protective decorative iron screens on the windows in addition to a wall around the home. From a geographic standpoint, he also said it seemed hard to understand how the attack could have been carried out by Jews.

Moreover, due to the way the house is situated, the arsonists had to go around the house, enter the yard, and maneuver the firebombs through the lattice.

“According to the Duma version, the attackers entered the house, stood over the parents and did not let them leave until the flames engulfed the house. Only then did the arsonists flee the village,” Tapuchi wrote.

The graffiti is also interesting, and is suspect for a number of reasons relating to the content and the style of calligraphy. Neither matches the typical “price tag” graffiti profile.

Both of the homes that were torched are located in the center of a large and sprawling village. Duma itself is located near Shechem which is also a hotbed of terrorist activity.

It is hard to believe that no one would have seen a group of four Jews sneaking around an Arab village, let alone sneaking through that village to torch two homes.

Also, there are often Canaanite dogs to be found in such places, because the Arabs use them as guard dogs for their flocks. It stretches the imagination to think such dogs would not have made a sound with strangers in the village. Even donkeys, sheep or goats in the area would likely have raised a ruckus, and that alone would have brought others to see who was there.

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