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July 1, 2016 / 25 Sivan, 5776

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Forest Fire in Jerusalem Threatening Main Power Company Station [video]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

A forest fire that broke out below Mount Menuhot in Givat Shaul, at the entrance to Jerusalem, is threatening to reach Jerusalem’s main power station nearby. The IEC building and the compound have been evacuated. Ten firefighting teams are on the scene, as well as additional teams from Beit Shemesh and from Judea and Samaria, as well as firefighting planes.

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The eastbound lanes Route 1, the main highway from Tel Aviv, have been blocked near Ginot Sakharov, and additional traffic routes: Akiva Azulay, Kanfey Nesharim, Menachem Chaftzadi and Maginey Yerushalaim have been blocked.

A spokesperson for the firefighting and rescue forces reported that the fire is moving quickly eastbound, driven by the winds. Firefighters have been trying to move between the fire and residential neighborhoods.

The weather forecast in Israel on Wednesday is calling for high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, an ideal combination for fast-spreading forest fires across the country.

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David Israel

Flames Enveloping Apartment Building in Ramat Gan

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A fire that started on the ninth floor of an apartment building in Ramat Gan on Monday afternoon appears to have moved rapidly on to other floors in the tower-like structure.

It is not yet clear what started the blaze.

Flames and smoke were pouring out of the 15-floor apartment building at 164 Bialik Street in the Tel Aviv suburb as just one firefighting unit was starting to set up its equipment to fight the blaze.

Numerous other firefighter units from the Dan region soon followed, as did Magen David Adom emergency medical response paramedic teams, Israel Police units and other first responders.

The unit that was first on the scene was from the Fire and rescue Services division in the Dan region, fire officials said, adding that the top 10 floors of the building have already been damaged.

In addition, a number of vehicles parked near the building have also been damaged due to falling embers and other materials from the structure as it distintegrates from the blaze.

Due to the high temperatures and dry, windy conditions in the region, the flames appeared to have quickly spread to other floors in the building as well.

Volunteer firefighters from the surrounding communities in Bnei Brak, Givatayim, Giva’at Shmuel, and Tel Aviv also joined the firefighting forces to battle a blaze that quickly appeared to be getting out of control.

No injuries have been reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Firefighters Get Control Over Jerusalem-Area Forest Fires Near Beit Shemesh, Givat HaMatos

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Firefighters were once again faced with flames in the forests around Jerusalem as the temperatures soared and dry air created a tinderbox among the trees.

A team of four firefighters managed to get control of a forest fire in Horesh, in the area of Givat HaMatos, according to local officials by around 2 pm Tuesday afternoon.

There was a serious concern the blaze would reach buildings located in the area; as a result, people living in nearby caravans temporarily evacuated their homes.

Likewise, a similar firefighting team of four was deployed to the forested hills surrounding the area near the southwestern Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

The flames had reached an abandoned forest, but firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control, said Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson Udi Gal.

No injuries were reported from either site.

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorist Opens Fire on Passing Cars

Monday, June 6th, 2016

A terrorist standing on the side of the road near the community of Neve Tzuf (Halamish) opened fire on at least 3 Jewish-owned vehicles driving by on Monday evening around 10 PM, according to a TPS report.

One of the drivers managed to shoot back at the terrorist. The terrorist then ran off and escaped, for now.

The IDF found 9mm bullet casings on the side of the road.

Vehicles were damaged, but no one was injured.

The IDF is searching the nearby Arab village for the terrorist.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Landmines Exploded Near Karnei Shomron

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

On Friday, high temperatures caused landmines planted around the eastern edge of the town of Karnei Shomron to explode.

The explosion set off wildfires that traveled up a nearby mountain and destroyed 4 homes in the Ramat Gilad neighborhood. The entire neighborhood was evacuated while firefighters tried to stop the blaze.

Apparently, the Jordanians had planted land mines in the area some 50 or 60 years ago when they illegally occupied the region. Until the landmines exploded on Friday, no one knew they were there.

H/T The Muqata

Jewish Press News Briefs

NJ Resident Convicted of Setting Fire to Synagogue, Rabbi’s Home

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Lodi, NJ, resident Anthony Graziano, 24, on Friday was found guilty on 20 counts of terrorism and faces up to life in prison, for vandalizing and firebombing Jewish synagogues and a rabbi’s home in 2012. Graziano’s sentencing will take place in July. Graziano was charged together with his friend, Aakash Dalal.

The two attackers started a fire in the Rutherford, NJ bedroom of a rabbi, who was asleep at the time, as were his wife, their five children and the rabbi’s parents.

Graziano’s attorney argued that his client did not wish to harm anyone, and he plans to appeal.

David Israel

Knesset Committee Convenes to Prepare for Lag B’Omer Mt. Meron Fire Festival

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Knesset Public Petitions Committee headed by MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) convened Wednesday to evaluate preparations for the big pilgrimage to Mt. Meron next week. At a March committee meeting on the same topic, concerns were raised about the lack of cooperation among the organizers, and the lack of funds, lights, roads, parking places, and benches, to name but a few problems. Last night the committee convened again to receive answers and summarize the preparations for Lag B’Omer in Meron. The CEO of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the CEO of the National Center for the development of holy places, police officials, representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Hatzalah volunteers attended.

Committee chairman Eichler opened the meeting, saying, “This year the hearings were extremely optimistic. Unlike previous years, when everyone complained and threw the responsibility on the shoulders of others, this year we received written responses and constant updates of the performance in the field. Concerns were raised at the previous hearing. This time there is a feeling of freshness and acceptance of responsibility and cooperation that the preparations have been better organized, and I hope not to be proven wrong.”

Oded Plus, CEO of the Ministry of Religious Affairs said, “In past years the holy places center could not start work because they had debts of millions of shekels. We made sure to cover all the debts from previous years. A team led by myself and involving all the relevant factors formulated a budget of 25 million shekel ($6.46 million). I’ve been told that at this stage of the game preparations have never been up to where they are today.”

“We put up light poles on Route 89 and Route 866 and many more roads that were not properly lighted. We expanded the parking lots significantly,” Plus continued. “We added benches, drinking facilities and rescue centers in all the parking lots. All the tasks were carried out and we were on schedule. I’m optimistic. But we have to be careful. Certainly there may be problems. We have tried to anticipate them and prevent them. We have learned a lot of lessons from the previous years.”

Rabbi Yosef Schwinger, CEO of the National Center for the development of the holy places said, “This is the first year that we had a set budget two months before the event. In the past, we emphasized the people as a whole, this year we put an emphasis on the individual and the family. There will be dozens of drinking stations manned by multilingual stewards, dozens of shaded areas, hundreds of toilets connected to a sewer, and water infrastructure. We have established a special area for women to drink and rest. There are 12 diaper changing and nursing rooms with attendants on hand to help. We went down to the details in terms of individual treatment.”

Senior director of public transportation at the Transportation Ministry Dror Ganon reported that starting next Wednesday afternoon, May 18, busses would start to run from 14 destinations across the country, including two new subsidized destinations in Beitar Illit and Modiin Illit. He added, “Last year we finished the event with 7,000 trips and upwards of 300 thousand passengers. This year we expect an increase of 15 percent. We almost reached the maximum capacity of buses in Israel! 80% of the people use public transportation to get to Meron. We take almost 1,500 buses from private companies. There will also be a lot of stations leaving  the major cities, in Jerusalem itself there will be 7 stations. There are nearly 250 officials routing transport for the event.”

Officer Yossi Chemo, commander of police operations in the north, said, “We plan on deploying 5,000 police officers throughout the week in Meron. There will be 12 ambulances of Ezer M’Zion and another four of Lev Malka. There will also be volunteers of United Hatzalah and MDA. We ask the public to help them in their work and to obey their instructions.”

David Israel

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