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3 Arrested in Arson at Jerusalem’s Mixed Jewish-Arab School

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Three members of the extremist Lehava organization, ages 18 to 22, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the torching of a mixed Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem on November 29. Brothers Nachman and Shlomo Twitto, and Yitzchak Gabai were arrested in joint operation by Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency.)

A playground and two first-grade classrooms at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand School were set ablaze in the attack. Grafitti spray-painted on the wall of the Jerusalem school in glaring scarlet read, “Down with assimilation,” “Death to the Arabs,” and “There is no co-existence with cancer.”

Details of the case were first made available to the public in part this week, after the Tel Aviv Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court partially lifted a gag order.

Under interrogation the three suspects confessed to having set fire to the building and said they were motivated by the fact that both Jews and Arabs attend the school. In addition, they said they were attempting to raise social awareness via the media regarding Jewish assimilation in Israel.

Their attorneys, Itamar Ben Gvir and Avichai Hajbi, said however that the confessions were coerced and could not be used as evidence in a trial.

Lehava is a group that works to prevent intermarriage and opposes Jewish co-existence with Arabs. The group is known for its involvement in a number of racist incidents.

Politicians across the spectrum condemned the attack.

Palestinian Authority Claims Settlers Torched Home near Ramallah

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Jews in Samaria allegedly set fire to a home near Ramallah, north of Jerusalem, last Saturday night and left behind graffiti in Hebrew that stated “Death to Arabs.”

Dozens of similar “price tag” attacks in the past have been attributed to Jews. Sometimes, the attackers are caught. More often, they are not.

Lefties complain that the police do not catch the culprits, but one of the reasons is that sometimes the whole case was contrived by Arabs to frame Jews. Another possibility is that the James Bond Dept. of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) is behind the criminal act in order to build up media outrage at settlers so the public will pressure the government to expel them to Tel Aviv.

In this case, “settlers” supposedly knocked on the door of the home, discovered no one was home and then scrawled hate slogans and set the residence on fire, using flammable liquid.

A mother with three children were reported to be in the house and were claimed to have been rescued by neighbors through the back door;

Pray tell, why did the Jews, bang on the door? To give them warning to leave? To ask for a match? To burn the residents also?

And if no one was home, how does anyone know that those awful settlers banged on the door?

Did the neighbors hear the noise?

And if so, why didn’t they whip out their smartphones and take pictures of the arsonists?

And where was the husband?

For the record, idiotic Jews may have torched the home.

Unless, of course, someone wanted to frame the Jews, and perhaps even collect insurance at the same time.

PA Arabs Blame ‘Settlers’ for Burning a Mosque

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Arabs in a village north of Ramallah Wednesday morning accused Jews of setting fire to a local mosque in the pre-dawn hours, causing heavy damage to the first floor.

The village mayor said firefighters saved the rest of the building from serious damage.

There is no evidence that Jews were responsible for the fire, and there was no graffiti, but the mayor said he is sure “settlers” lit the match, as they allegedly did two years ago at another mosque in the village.

He took the opportunity to blame Jews for destroying olive trees.

“Only Jewish settlers would do this,” said the mayor, Faraj al-Naasan.

That is not always true because videos in the past have proven that Arabs often hack away at their own olive trees, usually ones that are too old to produce much fruit, and then blame Jews.

There are a few dozen Jewish hotheads who are capable of making trouble for everyone, Arabs and Jews alike, but in this case, there is a possibility that a short-circuit caused the fire. The Arabs said they had checked the electricity and there were no problems.

Large Blaze Threatened Yitzhar

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

11:59am Investigators will examine if a blaze that began to threaten the community of Yitzhar was arson.

The fire broke out in an open field between Yitzhar and Hawarwa at around 11am, and quickly reached the caravans at the edge of the town.

Volunteer firefighters as well as Jerusalem and PA firefighters worked to put out the large fire, and managed to get in under control just before 12pm.

Police considered evacuating the buildings in which there was danger to life. No one was injured in the fire.

Residents of Yitzhar claim that Arabs started the blaze that left behind a lot of scorched earth.

Yitzhar Scorched earth

3 Wounded in Jerusalem Gas Station Explosion

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Israel Police are investigating the cause of an explosion at a Yellow Paz gas station Sunday night (October 12) in a residential Jerusalem neighborhood.

Three people were lightly wounded in the incident, which took place on a quiet, tree-lined street in an older, well-established part of the city.

The explosion sent flames shooting into the air at the gas station, located on Shivtei Israel Street. Fire fighters quickly got the blaze under control, and immediately shut down the gas and electricity lines.

Israel Police and special fire investigators have begun probing the cause of the explosion, which caused major damage to the facility. Arson has not been ruled out.

Early this morning (Tuesday, October 14) an explosion at a second gas station was reported at the Tzemach Junction on Route 90 just outside the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem, in the direction of the Dead Sea, according to the Hebrew-language news website Rotter.net. There were no reports of injuries.

Officials Try to Dismiss Arson in Fire of NJ Synagogue Leader’s Car

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Police discovered before dawn Saturday morning, the day after Rosh HaShanah, that the car of a synagogue leader was engulfed in flames, but fire official immediately discounted suspicion of arson.

The car belonged to David Kushner, who serves as spiritual leader of the southern New Jersey synagogue though he is not an ordained rabbi. Kushner, who runs a wedding hall in Lakewood, N.J., learned about the fire when he showed up for Sabbath services the next morning.

The fire caused severe damage to the parking lot and the outer walls of the Orthodox Rodef Shalom synagogue, according to the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia.

“The car had been towed overnight immediately after the incident by the Fire Department for further investigation, so I saw charred remains,” Kushner told the Jewish Exponent, which quoted Kushner as saying that firemen were examining whether the blaze was a hate crime.

The Atlantic City Press reported that fire chief Dennis Brook said, “There’s nothing that’s standing out. Car fires are car fires.”

Medical equipment inside was destroyed, and there were some explosions from oxygen tanks inside the vehicle.

At the risk of looking for anti-Semitism behind every theft or fire of Jewish property, isn’t it kind of strange that a fire chief would say that a parked car suddenly would burst into flames?

Or did the sound of the shofar set off sparks in the car battery?

“Given the fact that it happened on the synagogue property, on … the high holidays, leaves a lot of room for suspicion,” said Kushner.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) regional director Nancy Baron-Baer, the told the Jewish Exponent, “The fact that in America in 2014, a rabbi’s car parked at his synagogue during Rosh Hashanah services could be engulfed in flames and the subject of arson is beyond comprehension.”

The Atlantic City Press noted that there is no history of anti-Semitic incidents at Rodef Shalom.

JTA contributed to this report.

 

 

 

Atlantic City Rabbi’s SUV Torched On Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Republished from Jewish Business News.

Rabbi David Kushner told the Philly Daily News that Early Thursday, first day of Rosh Hashanah, his Ford Explorer was torched in the parking lot next to the Rodef Sholom Synagogue in Atlantic City.

“We’re trying to look at this situation positively,” Kushnersaid. “The year can only get better from here.”

Optimism is so touching sometimes.

Kushner, who only recently became the Rodef Sholom rabbi, parked the Explorer in the lot Wednesday night, before the services.

When he returned to the synagogue Thursday, he found ashes and scorch marks where the car used to be. The burnt SUV had been mercifully towed away.

Kushner told the News investigators had told him the fire was “suspicious.”

“I think someone picked the car because it was parked at the synagogue during worship,” Kushner said. “It’s almost impossible to say it was a coincidence.”

Kushner said he lost some valuables in the torched vehicle, including equipment he uses as a volunteer EMT in Monmouth County, N.J. But the worst damage was caused to his congregation.

“We have an older congregation, comprised of many Holocaust survivors,” he said. “To see this during the High Holy Days raised emotions in them that haven’t come out for years.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/atlantic-city-rabbis-suv-torched-on-rosh-hashanah/2014/09/30/

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