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Monument to Carmel fire victims unveiled at memorial


December 19, 2011 | 10:50 am

Carmel forest fire in 2010. Photo by Ori Gonen

A monument to the 44 people killed in last year’s Carmel forest fire was unveiled at a memorial ceremony.

Hundreds of family members and friends of the victims gathered in the Carmel Forest... read full article

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    June 14, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Israel has allocated millions of dollars to repair the damage caused by the Carmel wildfire.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz instructed the government to release the funds following a decision made by the Carmel Rehabilitation Steering...

  • After fire, what types of trees are best suited for Israel?

    by Dina Kraft, JTA

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    From leafy eucalyptus trees lapping the shores of the Sea of Galilee to date palms in the desert to pine and oak trees in the North—many of which were destroyed in the Carmel’s forest fire last month—Israel will celebrate trees on Tu b’Shvat.

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  • Carmel aftermath: Israel allocates $223 million for preparedness


    January 10, 2011 | 10:50 am

    In the wake of the Carmel Forest fire, Israel’s government approved more than $223 million for homefront emergency preparedness and disasters.

    Nearly $100,000 will be allocated to establishing an upgraded national fire service and an aerial firefighting force, according to the bill...

  • Netanyahu heckled at Carmel fire memorial


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    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heckled and an Israeli government minister was forced to leave a state memorial ceremony for the 44 people killed in the Carmel fire.

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  • Criminal investigation won’t be opened into Carmel fire


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    Israel’s attorney general will not open a criminal investigation into the Carmel fire.

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  • Israeli firefighters, underfunded heroes

    By Orit Arfa

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    Amir Levy, fire chief of the Western Galilee, remembers encountering a little girl in an elevator while he was training in the United States a year ago. She looked at him admiringly, commenting to her mother how firefighters are heroes.

    “That’s not the reaction we were used to...

  • How the Hai-Bar animals were rescued from fire

    By Naomi Cissy Shapiro

    December 22, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    Persian fallow deer now graze peacefully in their enclosures at the Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve as ranger/caretaker Yakoub Makladeh feeds them nutritional pellets from a metal bucket.

    Earlier this month, the lives of these rare animals were in jeopardy for four days as flames from...

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