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­­Israel On Fire: Netanyahu, Erdan to Ask Neighboring Countries For Help

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

By Andrew Friedman

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Wednesday that they would ask Greece, Croatia, Cyprus and possibly Turkey to send firefighting aircraft overnight to help Israeli crews subdue brush fires that continue to rage around the country.

Weather forecasts for Thursday indicate continued high winds and low humidity, leading fire and police officials to fear that additional fires could break out. Israel Police aircraft conducted dozens of firefighting sorties Wednesday, but officials fear a spike in fire activity tomorrow could overwhelm Israeli capabilities.

As of this writing, fire crews successfully pushed the fire raging near the Jerusalem-area community of Nataf away from the community, and rescue crews had allowed residents to return to their homes. Fire teams worked to ensure the fire didn’t reignite near the town.

Also Wednesday, fires broke out in Karkom, near Tiberias.

By 5 p.m. police aircraft had assisted ground crews with some 70 sorties, totaling dozens of flying hours. Airborne crews dropped approximately 30 cubic meters of fire retardant and 200 tons of liquid on the fires.

In addition, Israel Parks and Nature Authority director Shaul Goldstein said Authority inspectors have been assisting fire crews battle the Zichron Yaakov and Nataf fires since Tuesday. Thus far the fires have destroyed thousands of dunams of wild brush.

“These are terrible scenes to look at,” Goldstein said while touring the site at one flash point. “A whole world has been burnt. Animals and a rich plant world that we couldn’t manage to protect. More than the stiff punishments that should be meted out to the people responsible, we must give deep explanations to the public. These fires are not predestined.

“Over the past two years the Parks and Nature Authority has constructed more than 1,000 dunams of buffer lines at a cost of NIS 600,000 ($154,600)… I call on the government to fund [additional] buffer lines and to maintain them in open areas,” Goldstein added.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

42 Teams, 4 Planes Fighting Zichron Yaakov Fire through the Night

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The fire that raged throughout the town of Zichron Yaakov on the Carmel Mountain Tuesday erupted again around 4 AM, fanned by unusually strong gales, and four firefighting planes, 30 civilian and 12 IDF firefighting teams went in to push it back once more, Israeli media reported. Meanwhile, new spots burst in flames around the town and residents who had been permitted to return to their homes had to be evacuated again. Altogether, some 3,000 people had to stay out of their homes overnight.

On Wednesday morning police blocked access to several affluent neighborhoods where estimates are that the blazing fires are likely to return. Police sources have estimated that no one would be allowed back into the homes in Zamarin, Vilot Ba’horesh, and Givat Eden. Schoolchildren have been assigned to new schools in town, while public transportation in the risky areas has been stopped.

A series of fires erupted in several parts of Israel, on both sides of the “green line,” leading to the evacuation of dozens of families from their homes. According to police, in Zichron Yaakov, which was the focal point of several large scale blazes, 23 people were hurt, three remaining in hospital overnight; and 30 homes were damaged.

In the community of Dolev, Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, 17 miles north-west of Jerusalem, the fires continued to rage overnight, the result of several gas tanks catching fire. Some 20 homes were evacuated as 21 firefighting teams dealt with fires that reached a hight of 60 feet.

The fires have been put out in the Lachish forest, near Kiryat Gat, and in Revadim, a kibbutz east of Ashdod. Some 40 families were evacuated from Revadim due to heavy smoke pollution.

Up north, firefighters managed to control the fires that erupted in Naharia, a coastal city just south of the Lebanese border, and in Kfar Vradim in western Galilee.

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan referred on Tuesday night to the 2010 “Mt. Carmel Disaster,” which claimed 44 lives and led to the evacuation of some 17,000 people. Erdan suggested the lessons that have been learned from that traumatic experience are reflected in “the communication between all the entities involved, the quick decision-making regarding the evacuation of residents and closing down major traffic arteries, and the risk evaluations being issued every few hours.”

According to weather reports, eastern winds are expected to reach 55 MPH speeds in the north and be in the 40 MPH range in central Israel. Such strong winds are not unusual this time of the year, but they rarely continue for a week and more as they have done this year.

David Israel

205 Firefighters Still Guarding Zichron Yaakov

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

As night fell in the small town of Zichron Yaakov, the electricity remained disconnected Tuesday evening around the area where homes were damaged from a massive fire.

At least 10 homes were destroyed and more than a dozen residents, including a number of babies and children, were taken to the Hillel Yaffa Medical Center, suffering from smoke inhalation during the course of the day.

Firefighters continued to mop up smaller fires that continued to burn around the small city. Residents who were evacuated received permission to return home, but were warned to stay alert.

Some 205 firefighters remained in the area and were spread out to fight the fires that continued to burn.The winds picked up towards the evening hours, making it more difficult to control the flames, officials said.

At least 40 firefighting vehicles and eight firefighting planes were engaged in battling the blaze. According to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, the cause of the massive blaze “seems to be weather conditions.”

Hana Levi Julian

Homes Destroyed, Infants, Children Injured in Raging Fire Near Zichron Yaakov

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

At least 10 homes have been destroyed and more than a dozen residents were taken to the Hillel Yaffa Medical Center after a massive fire continued to rage Tuesday near the picturesque Mediterranean coastal town of Zichron Yaakov, just south of Haifa.

Four children, including a 10-day-old infant, a three and a half month old, and two children ages 8 and 10, received first aid care at the emergency room and were later released. All are in good condition, officials said. Three of the children were siblings from a single family. Two more patients were also released after receiving care, and six others were still being treated, including one individual who is likely to be admitted to the hospital for observation after suffering smoke inhalation.

At least 40 firefighting vehicles and eight firefighting planes were engaged in battling the blaze. According to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, the cause of the massive blaze “seems to be weather conditions.”

A separate rash of fires also broke out near a school in the nearby town of Atlit, north of Zichron Yaakov. Some 200 students were evacuated from the school, according to the Israel HaYom publication. The town is located very close to the Mount Carmel National Park on the southeastern outskirts of Haifa.

In addition, a blaze broke out near the Haifa suburb of Nesher, and also in Hadera, south of the port city.
The unseasonably hot and dry weather this month combined with the high winds this week to create “the perfect conditions” for fire to catch and spread with the least spark, officials warned.

Roads leading to the areas of Zichron Yaakov that were evacuated were closed by police and fire officials. Several neighborhoods were evacuated and elsewhere in the city, residents were warned to remain indoors and to keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles. Those who were evacuated were told to shut down their gas and electric lines.

Regional police commander Amos Yaakov met on scene with the fire chief, local government authorities, Magen David Adom emergency medical services and the IDF Home Front Command.

The devastating Carmel forest fire that destroyed so much of that beautiful forestland in 2010 was the deadliest in the history of Israel, claiming 44 lives and destroying more than 12,000 acres in four day’s time. It was followed by a wave of terrorist arson attacks throughout Israel, Judea and Samaria.

Andrew Friedman of TPS contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Missiles Reach Zichron Ya’akov in Northern Israel

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Gaza terrorists just couldn’t resist launching another round of M302 missiles northward towards Haifa Wednesday afternoon — even if it meant they had to defuse them.

But the effort proved as useless the second time as it did before, with two brand-new Syrian-made 120-kilo missiles barely reaching areas south of Haifa – and that only by emptying the missiles of all of their explosive materials, according to journalist Ehud Ya’ari at Israel’s Channel 2.

Both missiles landed in open areas near Zichron Ya’akov, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Gaza.

One person was lightly injured in the attack, which prompted officials to abruptly terminate a hike by a group of some 800 Israeli scouts in the Ofer Forest, part of the Carmel mountain range around Haifa.

As Operation Protective Edge entered its second full day, Hamas has also launched its propaganda war, with a claim that Israel has attacked the region more than 500 times.

IDF air, navy and intelligence personnel indeed attacked terrorists throughout the region overnight, but carried out “only” 160 strikes on Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Hana Levi Julian

Brotherhood of Murdered Kin Protest Release of Arab Israelis (VIDEO)

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Zichron Yaakov is a picturesque Israeli town near the coast, situated between Haifa and Netanya.  It is one of the oldest settled areas in modern Israel, and its quaint stone-paved streets, combined with wineries and stores displaying local artists’ wares and Israeli fashion makes it a favorite destination.

It is in the town of Zichron Yaakov that two families lived, nearly as neighbors, although they never met each other until common tragedies united them – the first tragedy being when each family lost a member to terrorist murders by Arab Israelis.  And now another tragedy looms: the potential release of those murderers in a political deal with no reciprocity at all from the other side.

In November, 1980 Corporal Avraham Bromberg was 10 minutes outside of Hadera on his way home to Zichron Yaakov, when he took a ride from the wrong Israelis.  These two, Israeli Arabs, members of Fatah, kidnapped Bromberg and later shot him at point blank range.  Then they dumped him out by the side of the road to die.

It took three years, but the Israeli Defense Forces and the Shabak captured Bromberg’s two murderers: Karim and Mahir Younis.  Karim was a student at Ben Gurion University when he was arrested.

The Younis men were brought to trial.  All three judges imposed the death penalty for all three defendants.

But, as Avi Bromberg, the nephew born one year after Avraham’s murder told The Jewish Press, the death penalty has rarely been carried out in Israel’s history. On appeal, the death sentences for Mahir and Karim Younis were commuted to life imprisonment.

But the commutation was not enough for the Younis family, which has been disappointed by Israel’s treatment of Karim and Mahir.  You see, the family hoped that their relatives would be part of the Shalit prisoner exchange.

“My brother has been in jail for 26 years. Even a life sentence has its limits – it’s like that all over the world. It’s only here that we’re treated differently… if this is a democracy than the law should apply to everyone equally,” is what Nadim Younis said at the time the Shalit exchange was first being discussed.

While it is unlikely that anyone in the Israeli government was persuaded by Nadim Younis’s twisted reasoning, perhaps someone had noticed that at least one Israeli was sympathetic to the murdering Younis mishpocha.

Writing in Haartetz in October, 2011, Gideon Levy wrote   movingly about an “Israeli Arab, Karim Younis, who provided transportation to Maher Younis who in turn killed a soldier, has been sitting in jail for 29 years without a single furlough, without a single phone call, even without any reduction in his sentence.” Levy was castigating Israel for only expressing joy at the release of Gilad Shalit and his reunification with his family, yet failing to rejoice with the families in Gaza whose sons were returning home to them.

Speaking with The Jewish Press on Monday, Avi Bromberg revealed something that had not been discussed before.  His uncle, Avraham, and one of the Younis murderers, were in high school together in Hadera.

Avi was speaking by telephone with The Jewish Press while sitting with a brother of another Zichron Yaakov family member who had been murdered by Israeli Arabs – also three cousins from the Arara Valley – ten years after Avi Bromberg’s murder.

NIGHT OF THE PITCHFORKS

When Guy Friedman entered the IDF in 1990, his original unit was with the Navy SEALs, but due to a leg injury he was subsequently transferred to a regular combat unit.  Late in the night of February 14, 1992, as he slept, three Israeli Arabs infiltrated the base near Mt. Carmel at which Friedman’s Nahal unit was conducting training exercises.

The infiltrators used axes and pitchforks to hack to death Friedman and two fellow soldiers, Yakov Duvinsky and Yuri Perda.  This attack shocked Israel both because of the brutality of the murders, but also because the killers were Israeli citizens.  All three were members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad.

These Arab Israeli murderers, also from the infamous Arara Valley, were tried and convicted.  The judges hearing the trial found all three deserved three consecutive life sentences.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Sarah Aaronson: The Heroine of NILI

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Nearly eighty-five years have passed since Sarah Aaronson shot herself in the head, putting an end to the torture her Turkish interrogators inflicted upon her for refusing to disclose information about her associates in the NILI, an anti-Turkish spying organization that supplied the British with intelligence.

NILI stands for “Netzach Yisrael Lo Yeshaker” (the eternity of Israel will not deceive, Shmuel 1 15:28). It was founded in 1916 by Sarah’s brother Aaron, who believed that only liberation from the cruel and corrupt Ottoman Turks could advance Jewish settlement in Eretz Yisrael. In order to achieve Jewish settlement, the group assisted British command by supplying information about Turkish and German positions, thereby advancing the British campaign in Palestine.

Sarah was born in Zichron Yaakov, Palestine, which at the time was a province of the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire. She lived briefly in Istanbul until 1915, when she returned home to Zichron Yaakov.

On her way from Istanbul, Sarah witnessed the Armenian Genocide. In her testimony, she described seeing hundreds of bodies, men, women and babies, being loaded onto trains and a massacre of up to 5,000 Armenians who were bound to a pyramid of thorns and set alight.

When Aaron sought to enlist her into NILI’s intelligence activities against the Germans and the Turks, Sarah unhesitatingly complied. She shared Aaron’s concern over the fate of the Jewish settlers under Turkish occupation.

Sarah and Her Husband Haim

At that time Sarah was twenty-six year old. Her family members were pioneers in Eretz Yisrael. Her father and mother, Efrayim Fishel and Malkah, came to Eretz Yisrael from Falticeni, Rumania in 1882 and were among the founders of Zichron Yaakov.

Malkah and Efrayim Fishel Aaronsohn brought up their four sons and three daughters with a fierce love of the land and the people of Israel.

Aaron, the eldest, followed in his father’s footsteps in every way. He became an agronomist and natural historian with a professional reputation in scientific circles. In 1909 he was invited to the States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and when WWI broke out, he was one of the three members of a central committee appointed to allot the financial aid sent to Eretz Yisrael.

Later, Aaron sent large sums of money through the NILI organization to help the Jewish settlers in Eretz Yisrael.

In her brother’s absence Sarah was to administer these funds. She was also in charge of the NILI agents’ operations and of relaying information to the British in Egypt. In April 1917 Sarah secretly visited Egypt to consult with Aaron and the British Command. As news had reached Egypt about Turkish suspicions relating to the Aaronsons’ activities, Sarah was advised to remain in Egypt. She, however, concerned that her absence might substantiate rumors and endanger the lives of her associates in the organization, returned to Eretz Yisrael. Upon learning that the NILI espionage network had been uncovered, Sarah ordered her agents to go into hiding in different parts of the country while she herself remained at Zichron Yaakov in order to facilitate their escape.

In September 1917, the Ottomans caught Sarah’s carrier pigeon which was carring a message to the British and decrypted the Nili code. She was arrested at her home and subjected to brutal torture for four days, during which she lapsed into a coma – yet she revealed nothing. When she regained consciousness Sarah managed to slip by her guards, get hold of a gun and put an end to the life she had dedicated to her country.

Sarah Aaronson’s grave in Zichron Yaakov is a site of pilgrimage, especially for Israeli youth. They flock to the tomb to remember the heroine whose commitment to the idea of a Jewish State was a link in the chain of events that made it possible.

Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/jewess-press/impact-women-history/sarah-aaronson-the-heroine-of-nili/2012/01/05/

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