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  • Israeli leaders criticized over deadly 2010 Carmel forest fire

    June 20, 2012 | 8:49 am

    Israeli leaders were sharply criticized in a government watchdog’s report on Wednesday into emergency services’ lack of preparedness for a 2010 forest fire that killed 44 people, but there were no calls for dismissal.

    The fire, the deadliest in Israel’s history, raced through the...

  • Monument to Carmel fire victims unveiled at memorial

    December 19, 2011 | 10:50 am

    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 near Kibbutz Beit Oren for Monday’s ceremony. The monument is sited near the road where fire...

  • Israeli gov’t officials blamed in Carmel fire report

    August 15, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    A draft report on last year’s Carmel forest fire criticizes top government officials for failures that led to 44 deaths and massive damage.

    State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss submitted a draft report to government officials, who have one month to respond to the findings.

    Top...

  • Netanyahu heckled at Carmel fire memorial

    January 5, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    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.

    The relatives and friends at Wednesday’s memorial at Kibbutz Beit Oren, which sustained damage in the fire,...

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  • Criminal investigation won’t be opened into Carmel fire

    December 27, 2010 | 11:14 am

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

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided Monday that there is not enough evidence to merit opening an investigation into the actions of several government ministers, including Prime Minister...

  • How the Hai-Bar animals were rescued from fire

    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...

  • USAID ends fire assistance

    December 14, 2010 | 10:52 am

    The United States Agency for International Development completed its forest fire assistance to Israel.

    USAID wrapped up operations in Israel on Dec. 10, a statement released Monday said.

    The United States, which mobilized assistance within hours of the outbreak of the devastating fires on Dec. 2, delivered $1.65 million in assistance, USAID said, most of it in fire retardant.

    The fires in the Carmel Forest in Israel’s North killed 43 people.

  • In fire’s wake, lessons learned, friendships found

    December 8, 2010 | 10:03 am

    First, of course, are the dead and the injured. Almost all of them young, in a training program for prison guards, trapped in a bus, incinerated. Who by fire? That, says the prayer, God decides: “On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed: How many shall pass...

  • Displaced children face renewed trauma

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 8, 2010 | 10:00 am

    Displaced children face renewed trauma

    by Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Senior Writer

    Chaim Peri and Yemin Orde children.

    A standout among the many tragedies of the Carmel fires is the severe damage to the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Northern Israel, which has displaced all of its...

  • Fire's devastation can lead to positive change

    December 7, 2010 | 4:45 pm

    Op-Ed: Fire’s devastation can lead to positive change

    By Rachel Liel and Daniel Sokatch

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—It is hard to explain just how devastated Israelis are by the Carmel fire. But it is easier to explain how that devastation can become a positive force for positive change,...

  • Netanyahu, Peres honor foreign rescue workers

    December 7, 2010 | 11:42 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu honored foreign rescue and fire fighting delegations that assisted in putting out the Carmel Forest fire.

    During a ceremony Tuesday at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, the Israeli leaders presented...

  • Teen who admitted starting fire is released

    December 7, 2010 | 8:51 am

    The teen arrested after admitting to starting the Carmel Forest fire was released from police custody to house arrest.

    The teen admitted to smoking a nargila water pipe and dumping its embers into an open area before returning to school last week, the day the blaze erupted, near his...

  • L.A. pizza and carepackages reached fire’s frontlines

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 6, 2010 | 6:12 pm

    Shawn Evenhaim and Shoham Nicolet were both officers in the Israeli army, so they know what it means to be able to sit down during a ten-minute break in action on the field and open a package with some snacks and towelettes and a personal letter from someone overseas thanking you for...

  • Teen arrested after admitting to starting Israeli fire

    December 6, 2010 | 10:39 am

    A 14-year-old resident of the Druze village of Ussfiya was arrested after admitting to starting the fire that destroyed much of the Carmel Forest.

    The teen reportedly said he was smoking a nargila water pipe and threw a live coal into an open area before returning to school.

    The...

  • Top Haifa cop the latest victim of Carmel fire

    December 6, 2010 | 9:40 am

    The number of Israelis killed in a massive fire in the Carmel Forest rose to 42 with the death of Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer.

    Tomer, the the police chief since March 2009 and the highest-ranking female officer in the Israel Police, died Monday.

    She was burned over 90 percent of...

  • Carmel wildfire nearing its end, minister says

    December 5, 2010 | 3:11 am

    Israel is close to dousing the Carmel wildfire that has devastated thousands of acres of land in the north, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Sunday.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the meeting that the government will launch Sunday a...

  • Israel fire update: Uncontrolled, 42 dead, 17,000 evacuated

    December 3, 2010 | 11:23 am

    The fire raging in northern Israel was still out of control as the sun set on Friday, with 42 people reported dead.

    At least 17,000 Israelis were evacuated from the area of the blaze, which spread closer to Haifa on Friday. The University of Haifa, which was evacuated on Thursday,...

  • First Carmel fire victims identified, as Israel grapples with national tragedy

    December 3, 2010 | 12:13 am

    As medical crews labor through the difficult task of identifying the victims of a massive brushfire ravaging Israel’s north, Israel Police released Friday the names of eight of those who found their death in the blaze.

    Most of the dead from the blaze were students on the Prison...

  • International aid arrives as Carmel fire continues to rage

    December 3, 2010 | 12:09 am

    Seven fire-fighting aircraft landed in Israel early Friday, the first arrivals of a planned international airlift sent to aid the battle against a massive brushfire ripping through northern Israel.

    Over 15,000 residents, including 600 prison inmates, were evacuated as the blaze...

  • Deadly Israeli wildfire draws U.S., Los Angeles support

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 2, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel...

  • Israel’s Carmel fire: Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer critically injured

    December 2, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    Head of the Haifa Police Department, Deputy Commander Ahuva Tomer was critically injured on Thursday as a result of the huge brushfire in the Carmel region.

    Tomer was driving behind the bus full of prison guards that burned up in the flames. Two more police officers were declared...

  • Disaster in Northern Israel: 40 dead as fire rages across Carmel Mountains [VIDEO]

    December 2, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    40 people died on Thursday as a huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen.

    Firefighting crews were still battling with the flames into the evening...