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  • One father loves Israel, the other hates it. Guess which one is Arab?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    January 5, 2016 | 5:14 pm

    I was struck by the contrasting reactions of the fathers of two accused terrorists, both Israelis. One son shot up a Tel Aviv pub, murdering two and wounding seven, while the other firebombed a house killing an infant boy and his parents and severely injuring his 4-year-old...

  • Israel charges two over arson attack that killed Palestinian family

    January 4, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    Israeli prosecutors filed murder charges on Sunday against a man and a minor for an arson attack in the West Bank that killed three members of a Palestinian family and helped fuel the fiercest eruption of street violence in years.

    The attack on July 31 killed 18-month-old Ali...

  • Police, other NYC officials meet with Bukharians about rash of arsons

    December 8, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    The president of the New York City borough of Queens, the New York Police Department’s chief of detectives and numerous other city officials met with Bukharian Jewish leaders about a string of arsons affecting the community of central Asian Jews.

    At a meeting Tuesday morning at...

  • Jewish-Arab school arsonist sentenced to jail in Jerusalem

    December 1, 2015 | 8:31 am

    One of the men found guilty in an arson attack on a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem was sentenced to three years in jail.

    Yitzhak Gabai, 24, was sentenced Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court. He also was ordered to pay tens of thousands of shekels in compensation to the school....

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  • West Bank Bedouin tent burned down in suspected arson attack

    August 13, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    A tent in a West Bank Bedouin village was set on fire in a suspected arson attack.

    The tent in the village of Kafr Malik, located north of Ramallah, was burned completely early Thursday morning, according to reports. It had been used for storage and unoccupied at the time of the...

  • Rabbi’s car set on fire outside Chabad synagogue

    By Ryan Torok

    June 25, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Security cameras at Chabad of Mt. Olympus show two individuals vandalizing a Hyundai Sonata belonging to Rabbi Sholom Rodal, the Chabad’s rabbi, at 2 a.m. on the morning of June 24, according to Rodal as well as a police official.

    The two were caught on camera setting the car on...

  • Baltimore begins clean-up after riot over police-custody death

    April 28, 2015 | 8:59 am

    Baltimore residents on Tuesday began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, while the city's mayor defended local law enforcement's light initial response.

    Acrid smoke hung over streets...

  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    September 16, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.

    Three people had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region,...

  • Suspect arrested in firebomb attack on German synagogue

    July 29, 2014 | 10:54 am

    A suspect has been arrested in an attempted arson attack on a German synagogue.

    A neighbor of the New Wuppertal Synagogue in the former West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia called police at about  2 a.m. on Tuesday to report burning objects in the street next to the...

  • Sherman Oaks arsonist remains at large

    By Ryan Torok

    September 26, 2013 | 3:54 pm

    On Thursday, Itzchik Weinstein, walking on his way to Chabad of Sherman Oaks, passed by The Hair Studio, an upscale salon on Ventura Boulevard, between Colbath and Stern Avenues in Sherman Oaks, that had nearly caught on fire on the evening of Sept 25.

    "Some lunatic --...

  • Arson being probed in bus fires in Arab-Israeli town

    March 5, 2013 | 9:24 am

    Police are investigating possible arson to two buses belonging to a company that began offering special bus lines to transport West Bank Palestinian passengers.

    The buses belonging to the Afikim bus company caught fire Monday night in Kfar Kassem, an Arab-Israeli town about 20...

  • Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans arrested in connection with arson attack

    February 13, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Some members of the Beitar Jerusalem's nationalist and extremist fan club were arrested in connection with the arson attack on the soccer team's office and trophy room.

    Jerusalem police arrested as many as seven fans belonging to the club called La Familia; more arrests...

  • Beitar arson attack linked to racial incitement

    February 8, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team's recruitment of Muslim players, police said.

    Police spokesman Micky...

  • Arson suspected in fire at Eritreans’ Jerusalem apartment

    July 12, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Two African migrants were injured after a fire was allegedly set at the entrance to their Jerusalem apartment.

    The fire broke out early Thursday morning; firefighters reportedly found rags soaked in an accelerant at the entrance to the apartment.

    Its residents, a man and his...

  • Palestinian teens arrested for Jerusalem arson, shots fired inside Gaza Strip restaurant

    July 9, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Two Palestinian teens were arrested for setting a fire near Jerusalem that destroyed 15 acres of forest.

    The teens were arrested Monday and reportedly admitting to intentionally setting the June 26 fire, as well as to setting other fires and being involved in rock-throwing...

  • Massive Jerusalem fire under control

    June 26, 2012 | 8:55 am

    A fire near Jerusalem that threatened homes and closed the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway reportedly is under control.

    It will still take time to extinguish all of the blazes near the city, according to fire officials.

    Some 35 firefighting teams from across the country and six...

  • Reluctant hero Lalezary honored by L.A.‘s Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 20, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    In the early hours of Jan. 2, Shervin Lalezary was on only his fourth solo patrol as a Los Angeles reserve sheriff’s deputy. Driving on Sunset Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood, he spotted a minivan that fit the description of one believed to be used by an arsonist who...

  • Fire at apartment of Eritrean migrants called arson

    June 4, 2012 | 10:35 am

    A Jerusalem apartment home to migrant workers from Eritrea was set on fire.

    Ten Eritreans were rescued from the burning apartment early Monday morning; four were injured in the blaze.

    An initial investigation by the Jerusalem Fire Department found that the fire was the result of...

  • N.Y. arson attack investigated as insurance scam

    January 12, 2012 | 10:23 am

    An arson attack last year on cars in a predominately Jewish neighborhood of New York reportedly is being investigated as an insurance scam instead of a hate crime.

    The attack on Nov. 11, the day after Kristallnacht commemorations, included the spray-painting with anti-Semitic...

  • State Department condemns vandalism of West Bank mosque

    January 12, 2012 | 7:47 am

    The United States condemned the vandalizing of a mosque in the northern West Bank.

    “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s most recent vandalizing of a mosque, as well as the burning of three cars, in the West Bank village of Dir Istiya. Hateful,...

  • Dozens of fires break out in northern Israel

    October 24, 2011 | 9:03 am

    More than 40 fires broke out across northern Israel over the weekend, many of which are suspected arson attacks.

    While some of the forest fires are being considered the result of negligence, many are being investigated as arson attacks due to their multiple sources of ignition,...

  • Vandalism on Safed synagogues being probed as retaliation for mosque arson

    October 12, 2011 | 11:58 am

    Police are investigating vandalism on four synagogues in Safed as possible retaliation for a mosque arson in northern Israel.

    The words “Death to Jews” were spray-painted on the synagogues and a car Tuesday night in the northern Israeli city.

    The mosque arson took place on Oct. 2...

  • Judge: Not enough evidence to convict mosque arson suspect

    October 11, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    A Petach Tikvah judge gave police five days to produce evidence that a West Bank Jewish man burned a mosque in northern Israel.

    Magistrate Court Judge Nitza Maimon agreed Tuesday to extend the 18-year-old suspect’s remand until Sunday, but said there is not enough evidence now to...

  • Second suspect arrested in mosque arson

    October 10, 2011 | 11:21 am

    A second suspect was arrested in connection with the burning of a mosque in a Bedouin-Arab town in northern Israel.

    Few details have been released about the second suspect, who reportedly is a resident of the West Bank. He was scheduled to appear Monday in a Tel Aviv court for a...

  • Suspect arrested in mosque arson

    October 6, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Police have arrested an 18-year-old Jewish male in connection with the arson of a mosque in a Bedouin Arab town in northern Israel.

    Police confirmed that they made the arrest several hours after the attack and that the suspect since then has been held in prison, according to...

  • Bedouin Arabs riot following mosque arson

    October 4, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Residents of the Bedouin Arab town of Tuba-Zangariyye in northern Israel have torched local community buildings in the wake of an arson attack on a local mosque.

    The protesters, mostly village youth, set fire to the local council building Monday night and also seriously damaged the...

  • New Square rebbe seeks dismissal of arson suit

    July 20, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    Rabbi David Twersky, the grand rebbe of the Skverer Chasidic sect in the New York village of New Square, has requested the dismissal of a lawsuit implicating him in an arson attack.

    Twersky’s lawyer, Franklyn Snitow, moved to have the suit in New York State Supreme Court tossed...

  • Arson suspected in major Jerusalem forest fire

    July 18, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Arson is suspected in a major forest fire in Jerusalem that led to the evacuation of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum.

    The fire was under control by Sunday night after burning nearly 40 acres of the Jerusalem Forest and forcing the evacuation of Yad Vashem and some streets...

  • New York shtetl where arson attack occurred, the rebbe’s word is law

    June 7, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    For years, this leafy Chasidic village about an hour north of New York City has been a shtetl-like haven where residents could live their strictly Orthodox lifestyle far from the temptations and bustle of the nation’s largest city.

    Out of view of all but very few, life in this...

  • Jewish settlers accused of torching mosque

    May 3, 2011 | 10:49 am

    Palestinian leaders are blaming Jewish settlers for a fire in a West Bank mosque.

    The fire early Tuesday morning broke out in a mosque inside a village school building in Hawara, near Nablus. The governor of Nablus, Jibreen al Bakri, accused settlers of arson, Reuters reported.

    Two...

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