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  • Investigators treat massive L.A. construction blaze as ‘criminal fire’

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    A fierce blaze that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction next to a fire house and damaged three nearby buildings on Monday is being examined by arson investigators as a "criminal fire," authorities said.

    Commuter traffic into the nation's...

  • Firefighters battle raging San Diego wildfires

    May 16, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    California firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires on Friday, as some 125,000 people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at least two people on arson-related charges.

    The cluster of fires comes as California enters its peak fire season amid its...

  • Anna Angel, Jonathan Ferrell & a Walk

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2013 | 7:58 am

    When I saw Anna Angel’s name in the news headlines this week, I had to take a double look because for a second I thought it was my name.  I have been haunted by this woman’s story and unable to sleep since reading about her.  I cannot stop crying for this woman I do not know.  This...

  • Firefighters’ families share the language of loss

    July 17, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    Bat-Sheva and Hofit Hayat, mother and wife of deceased Israeli firefighter Danny Hayat, shared their story and grief with the families of the 19 Hotshot firefighters who died on June 30 in the Yarnell, Ariz., wildfire. The two women relayed their experience in Arizona when visiting...

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  • 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...

  • Chanukah lessons in a post-Sandy world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 5, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Late last month, I was in Breezy Point, the isolated beachfront neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., that has become an iconic image for the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Breezy Point was hit full force twice — first by the storm’s surge and then immediately after by a fire that consumed...

  • Major fire under control in Jerusalem area

    August 8, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    A major fire in the Jerusalem area believed to be arson is under control.

    More than 40 firefighting squads and two firefighting planes came together to put out the fire on Wednesday near the Hadassah Ein-Kerem Medical Center. Some hospital visitors were evacuated, according to The...

  • Israeli protester who set himself on fire dies

    July 20, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire during a Tel Aviv rally last weekend, died Friday afternoon after succumbing to second- and third-degree burns.

    Silman, 57, had poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire during a July 14 demonstration marking the one-year anniversary...

  • 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...

  • Relief funds assisting Colorado fire victims

    July 2, 2012 | 11:36 am

    As residents of Colorado Springs return to their homes following widespread wild fires, U.S. Jewish communities are raising money for relief funds.

    The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, in conjunction with local synagogues, community organizations and national partners, has...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kassams strike southern Israel

    February 1, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    At least four Kassam rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.

    Three rockets hit Wednesday night, according to the Israel Defense Forces, though some Israeli news reports put the number at five. An additional rocket hit about three hours earlier. No damage or injuries were reported.

    In the last month, 29 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, according to the IDF.

  • 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,...

  • Arab cars set alight in eastern Jerusalem

    January 4, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Two cars owned by Arabs were set on fire near the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

    The words “price tag” and “revenge” were spray painted near the site of the suspected arson attack, which occurred early Wednesday morning.

    No suspects have been identified, but the graffiti...

  • West Bank mosque set alight following outpost razing

    December 15, 2011 | 8:09 am

    A mosque in the West Bank was set alight hours after Israeli soldiers demolished two structures in an illegal outpost.

    The interior of a mosque in a village near Ramallah was torched after being soaked with gasoline on Thursday morning. The words “war” and “Mitzpe Yitzhar,” the...

  • Boy allegedly set Jewish girl’s hair on fire after making slurs

    December 6, 2011 | 10:46 am

    A Canadian teenager was arrested for allegedly setting a Jewish classmate’s hair on fire after making anti-Semitic remarks.

    Winnipeg police have charged the 15-year-old boy with assault with a weapon following an investigation of the Nov. 18 incident in the hallway of a local high...

  • Third suspect arrested in mosque arson

    October 24, 2011 | 10:57 am

    A third suspect has been arrested in the arson attack on a mosque in an Israeli-Arab town.

    The suspect, reported to be a 17-year-old resident of Gush Etzion, was arrested Sunday in connection with the Oct. 2 attack on a mosque in the Upper Galilee Bedouin town of Tuba Zanghariya.

    ...
  • 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,...

  • After the fire: A Torah’s trip to a secular kibbutz

    October 10, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    We land at Ben Gurion Airport in the heat of winter, on the first day of Chanukah.  At 11 a.m. Dec. 2, already it is 82 degrees in Tel Aviv—unusual weather for the rainy season in Israel. And it will get hotter. Much hotter.

    Moments before our wheels touch down, a brush fire breaks...

  • 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...

  • Fire seriously damages Sydney synagogue

    October 4, 2011 | 11:07 am

    A fire severely damaged a synagogue in Sydney on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

    Seven fire trucks were required to extinguish the late-night blaze at Kehillat Masada in northern Sydney on Sept. 28.

    Officers from Fire and Rescue New South Wales rescued the Torah scrolls from the...

  • Fire ravages prominent N.Y. synagogue

    July 12, 2011 | 8:34 am

    A fire has badly damaged one of New York City’s most prominent synagogues.

    The four-alarm fire broke out in Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at around 8:30 on Monday night, according to the Associated Press. The fire, caused the roof to collapse. The...

  • Golan Heights fire damages 500 acres

    June 20, 2011 | 10:05 am

    A fire on the Golan Heights damaged nearly 500 acres, including nature reserve territory and grazing land.

    The fire started Saturday morning near the Hexagon Pools nature reserve and was put out by 5 p.m.

    Visitors to the area were evacuated as the fire began spreading quickly due to dry winds, according to reports.

    Firefighters used two of the new firefighting airplanes acquired following the massive Carmel forest fire last December. The fire caused some unexploded landmines to detonate.

    Arson is expected in the blaze, Ynet reported.

  • Israel allocates millions to repair Carmel

    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...

  • Apparent arson destroys N.Y. kosher market set to reopen

    April 28, 2011 | 11:36 am

    An apparent arson attack destroyed a renovated kosher supermarket in New York City that was set to reopen.

    The Seasons market in the Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood of Queens reportedly was set alight early Monday morning, during the Passover holiday. The attack ruined the inventory...

  • Old books, religious items burned in Corfu synagogue

    April 21, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    Unknown vandals broke into the synagogue on the island of Corfu and burned books two centuries old as well as kipot and tallitot.

    The break-in occurred at approximately dawn Tuesday, the second day of Passover.

    Firemen arrived within minutes and prevented the fire from spreading...

  • Hollywood synagogue arson suspect charged

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 20, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    A suspect in last week’s attempted arson at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) was charged on April 20 with 19 separate counts of arson and burglary in the Hollywood area by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the agency in...

  • Fire destroys Chabad preschool in Brooklyn

    April 11, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a Chabad preschool in Brooklyn is under investigation.

    The Educational Institute Oholei Torah School in East Flatbush was destroyed on Sunday morning, the New York Daily News reported. No one was in the building. The school normally serves about 100 children aged 3 to 5.

    Several fire companies fought the hourlong blaze.

    School officials told reporters that classes will be held elsewhere until they can rebuild.

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