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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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Fire at Old Hamashbir Building in Central Jerusalem

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Fire broken out Saturday at the old Hamashbir Latzarchan building on King George Street in central Jerusalem.

The main part of the building has been empty for a while, but the building’s ‘Off the Wall Comedy Club’ and a yarn store on a lower level have been popular haunts for veteran Jerusalemites.

The building is also nestled cheek-and-jowl to the Lev Yerushalayim apartment hotel, another long-time ‘de rigeur’ for foreign tourists, including many Americans.

It is not yet clear what started the blaze; however, Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com there has been no indication the fire was deliberately set.

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.

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.

Firefighters Extinguish Blazes around Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Six firefighting aircraft and eight ground crews of firefighters were kept busy Sunday from the late afternoon into the evening hours battling blazes at locations in a long-distance ring all around Jerusalem.

The fires were burning in forests near Elon Moreh, Maale Adumim, Beit Shemesh and Gva’ot — each in a different direction around the capital.

Elon Moreh is located in Samaria, north of Jerusalem and Maale Adumim is an eastern suburb close to the capital, located in the desert hills. Beit Shemesh is a forested suburb just west of Jerusalem; and Gva’ot is in the westernmost area of the Gush Etzion bloc in Judea, not far from Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, towards the central plains area called the “Shfela.” Dozens of families were evacuated in the Samaria Jewish community of Elon Moreh as the forest fire burned dangerously close to the houses in that area. In the other communities, the fires blazed farther away, with residents watching anxiously but fortunately not needing to leaving their homes.

By evening even the largest of the fires was under control, officials reported. It is not yet clear what started the rash of wildfires, although the weather has been exceptionally hot with extremely dry conditions.

Beit Shemesh Forest Fire ‘Worst Since Carmel’

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Hundreds of firefighters battled a forest fire that tore through the Beit Shemesh area on Friday, destroying nearly 2,000 dunam of woodland.

The blaze has been dubbed “the worst fire since the Carmel disaster” – one that could take the land up to 20 years to recover.

It is not yet clear what started the fire, although officials believe it may have been connected to an authorized fire in a nearby moshav. The extreme heat and dry conditions of the past week, plus a breeze, could have carried a spark from that fire into the nearby forest and up the hills, spreading the blaze, a Jewish National Fund (JNF) official said.

Firefighters from Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh spent the entire day on Friday working to bring the blaze under control. Natural forest and woodland, vegetation and uncultivated land all was leveled to ash.

“Seventy fire trucks with the help of other authorities, among them the police who worked to evacuate communities and civilians,” were involved in the effort, said Kobi Tobol, commander of the Beit Shemesh-Jerusalem District Fire Department.

“Everyone worked throughout the entire day and managed to stop the fire from reaching residential areas. Despite that, in such a big fire, the damage to nature and to the animals is massive and will require many years of rehabilitation.”

Gilad Mastai, Jewish National Fund head of the coastal area and Shfela Plains, explained the forest, planted in the 1950s and 1960s, was relatively old. “Beyond that, resting stops and trails were also damaged,” he told the Hebrew-language Ynet website. “This fire burned grown and large trees in addition to the destruction of the undergrowth of thicket growing under the pine trees.

“There are jackals, snakes and tortoises in the area that were burned and trapped in the fire. This is dozens of years of damage. A unique vacation spot was taken from the people of Israel,” he said.

Nevertheless, Mastai suggested that people return to the forest in the coming year anyway, to “see how it rehabilitates itself.”

Firefighting in Jerusalem

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Firefighters fought a large fire in Ein Yael, Jerusalem, located opposite the Biblical Zoo, and up the road from Malcha Mall.

A firefighting plane had to be called in to control the blaze.

Firefighter in Ein Yael

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