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Fire broke out at the old Hamashbir building on King George Street in Jerusalem.

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 there has been no indication the fire was deliberately set.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.