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Jews Help Alberta, Canada Residents Fleeing from Fort McMurray Wildfire

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Jewish groups are stepping forward to help more than 100,000 residents of the Fort McMurray area in Alberta, Canada, who were forced to flee their homes in the face of a wildfire that continues to burn unabated.

The Global Leaks news site managed to upload some of the nightmare faced by residents on to YouTube.

The fire was first detected about a week ago, and so far has blazed through an area about 621 square miles wide, about the size of Mexico City. It is now about 18 miles from Saskatchewan, a less populated area, and residents there have been warned to close their windows and doors due to the smoke.

The Calgary Jewish Federation has said it will donate $25,000 from its emergency relief fund to help those who were forced to abandon their homes to the fire.

Other Jewish groups in Ontario and Edmonton are also gathering funds to help the now-homeless refugees living in camps in the oil sands and elsewhere.

Israel’s IsraAid humanitarian aid group has a volunteer on site, and is preparing to send a team to Canada as well, according to the organization.

More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze with air tankers, helicopters and other heavy equipment.

It could be “months” before it is brought under full control, officials said. The fire is expected to be the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history, with insurance costs alone already running into billions of dollars, according to the BBC.

Some 1,600 homes and other buildings have been lost to the fire so far. The power grid in Fort McMurray is damaged and the water now is undrinkable. Entire neighborhoods are destroyed.

At least 25 percent of Canada’s oil production has been stopped by the fire; the effect on the country’s economy has not yet been calculated.

Hana Levi Julian

Officials Facing Wildfire in Alberta, Canada Order Entire City Evacuated

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Officials in Alberta, Canada have ordered the mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray as an uncontrolled wildfire burns in the heart of the country’s oil sands region.

Some 80,000 city residents are affected by the order. Firefighters have appealed for assistance from other provinces to help airlift people from the city and fight the blaze, first seen on May 1.

The 2,650-hectare wildfire has shifted with the wind to close off the main southern exit from the city, forcing residents to head north towards the oil sands camps, Reuters reported.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the news agency, “This is the biggest evacuation we have seen in the history of the province. We need to find more camps; we have secured spaces for about 6,000 people. We know we need to find more and that work is under way.”

Fort McMurray is located about six hundred miles north of the Montana border. Its surrounding area contains oil deposits more extensive than those of Saudi Arabia.

The city is also home to one of Canada’s fastest-growing Muslim communities, one that is moderate and led by Abdurrahmann Murad, a young “unity-inspiring” imam with a large online following.

Last year a new $50 million, 150,000-square-foot Islamic center project was launched there. The complex included a mosque with several prayer halls, K-12 school, recreation center and a swimming pool, as well as a playground and 475 parking spots.

Administrators of the mosque were quick to tell The Globe and Mail at the time that no foreign money had yet been donated. They also said they would never let any donor shape their doctrine. “We don’t accept any conditions. Even if it takes 1,000 years to build it, let it be,” said Abdulsalam Abdo, president of the mosque. “We don’t want to take orders from somewhere else.”

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Suburb Evacuated as Wildfire Burns Homes

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Wildfires again began raging in the Judean Hills around the Israeli capital this weekend.

On Sunday, residents of the Jerusalem suburb of Even Sapir were evacuated from their homes in the face of a roaring wildfire that threatened their area.  Several of the homes already caught fire, officials said in the early afternoon on Sunday (August 2).

Brush fires also were raging between the Jewish communities of Tzur Hadassah and Beitar Illit, in the Judean Hills.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to combat the blaze near the western flank of the capital, near the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Authorities have said, however, that the hospital is in no immediate danger thus far.

Four firefighting aircraft are attempting to extinguish the blaze along with the ground crews.

Additional firefighting forces have been placed on alert as well. The Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, Highway 1, has been blocked off as well, for safety reasons.

A wildfire has also started near the Samaria Jewish community of Elon Moreh – where a similar wildfire got started last week as well.

Just a week ago, firefighting crews managed to extinguish the largest wildfire since the massive Carmel forest fire of 2010. More than 150 firefighters and volunteers spent an entire day protecting homes in the villages of Kfar Uriya, Ta’oz and Tarum from the blaze, which ate of hundreds of dunams around the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

Dry conditions and a huge heat wave is causing risky conditions for forest fires in the area.

Hana Levi Julian

Fire!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The temperature has been scorching hot for the past couple of days. And that’s been setting off brush fires.

There have been massive fires, big fires and little fires all over the country.

Some homes near Beit Shemesh were evacuated last night due to the approaching fires.

As if it wasn’t hot enough outside.

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Jerusalem of Fire

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The forested hills of Jerusalem are alive with the sounds of crackling as a wild fire blocks a main artery leading to the holy city.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which was blocking Route 1 on Monday as IDF aerial firefighters swung into action.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The area has been experiencing a heat wave, which officials said may have contributed to the start of the fire.

A fire was also reported on the slopes at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Emek Ha’Arazim, closing off traffic to the nearby tunnel in the area. Firefighters and police were on the scene there as well.

Five fire trucks headed for the entrance of Jerusalem as reports of another fire breaking out came in to central dispatch.

A Christian center in Jerusalem was also set ablaze and vandalized on Monday as well.

Two synagogues in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev were also deliberately set on fire, officials said. An investigation was launched, but no arrests have been made thus far.

In fact, fires have been popping up all over the capital. The country is extremely dry due to current weather conditions, making the area vulnerable to brush fires — or, for that matter, any attempted arson by terrorists as has happened in the past.

A mini-van went up in flames yesterday near the A-Zaim checkpoint, according to the Israel Hatzoloh medical emergency organization. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Hana Levi Julian

Wildfire Rages Out of Control Near Abu Ghosh

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A wildfire is reportedly raging out of control near the Christian Arab town of Abu Ghosh, near the western face of the Jerusalem hills. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon, but quickly blazed out of control due to the high winds in the area.

By mid-afternoon, at least a dozen fire trucks had reached the area to fight the flames, along with six firefighting aircraft.

Abu Ghosh is located along Route 1, on the road between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, close to the Jewish hareidi religious community of Telz Stone, also known as ‘Kiryat Ye’arim,’ where it is believed that the Ark of the Covenant was placed. Abu Ghosh is a small village, friendly to Jews and nationally famous for its secret, special family recipes for hummus. Kosher versions of ‘Abu Ghosh’ hummus are sold by a number of Israeli appetizing manufacturers and stocked in supermarkets across the country.

Hana Levi Julian

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