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  • 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.

  • Arab-owned cars set afire in Safed

    March 16, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Two cars owned by Arab students at the Safed Academic College were set alight following a campus event to promote dialogue between Jews and Arabs.

    Anti-Arab graffiti also was spray-painted on the walls of the college following Tuesday night’s event, according to reports. “Arabs get...

  • Japan turns to U.S. in face of worsening nuclear crisis

    March 16, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Japan said Wednesday that further assistance from the United States was needed to help keep the nuclear cores at a power plant from overheating, after last week’s quake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling systems.

    Tokyo may also request the help from members of the U.S. military stationed in Japan, government spokesman Yukio Edano said.

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has sent two experts to Japan, and had been asked to send cooling equipment.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Arsonists strike Tunisian synagogue

    February 1, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    The Torah scrolls at a Tunisian synagogue were burned in a fire reportedly set by arsonists.

    The synagogue in the southern Gabes region was set ablaze Monday night. Jewish community leader Perez Trabelsi told the French news agency AFP about the scrolls and criticized police for not...

  • Tel Aviv-bound train catches fire, injures 121

    December 28, 2010 | 9:50 am

    Some 121 passengers were injured after a fire broke out in a train traveling south toward Tel Aviv.

    Most of the injures from Tuesday’s incident were from cuts and smoke inhalation; only five were more serious injuries.

    The fire started in the rear engine of the train due to an...

  • Israeli firefighters, underfunded heroes

    By Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    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

    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...

  • Federations to dole out $2.4 million in fire aid

    December 21, 2010 | 10:53 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America said the federation system will distribute $2.4 million to help Israel recover from the Carmel Mountain fire.

    JFNA, the umbrella organization of the more than 150 Jewish federations in North America, made the announcement Monday.

    The fires...

  • Palestinian firefighters denied entry into Israel for tribute

    December 14, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Three Palestinian firefighters were refused entry into Israel for a ceremony honoring Palestinian firemen who helped battle the Carmel blaze.

    Only seven of the 10 firemen were to be allowed in for the ceremony that was scheduled to take place Sunday afternoon in the Druze village of...

  • Catching the firefighting bug

    December 10, 2010 | 11:06 am

    The death of 16-year-old Elad Rivan in the Carmel Forest fire last week has put the Fire Scouts on the map, piquing the interest of teenagers around the country in what had previously been a relatively unknown organization of volunteer firefighters. In the wake of Rivan’s tragic...

  • Op-Ed: Response to fire illuminates challenges for Israel

    December 8, 2010 | 11:16 am

    One of the reactions of Israelis to the fact that their government called on the international community for assistance to combat the Carmel Forest fire is a sense of shame. After all, Israel is a leader in the high-tech world and an innovator in dealing with crisis situations. Now...

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

    December 8, 2010 | 11:14 am

    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, right now, in Israel.

    The fire consumed at least 42 lives, thousands of forested acres and millions of shekels...

  • House of Representatives mourns fire losses

    December 8, 2010 | 10:51 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives mourned the loss of life in Israel’s worst-ever forest fire and pledged to support assistance.

    The nonbinding resolution passed unanimously Tuesday “mourns the loss of life and extends condolences to the families affected by the fire in northern...

  • Out of the ashes

    December 8, 2010 | 10:13 am

    In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in Israel’s history, Israelis this week set to the task of burying the dead, cleaning up and figuring out what exactly went wrong — and who is to blame.

    Even before the blaze in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa came under control Dec. 5,...

  • Report: Fire services are Israel’s weak link

    December 8, 2010 | 9:07 am

    The Fire and Rescue Services organization is the weak link in Israel’s emergency readiness, a report said.

    The report issued Wednesday by Israel’s State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said fire preparedness is the responsibility of the Interior Ministry, and it called on 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...

  • 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,...

  • Australia offers Israel fire assistance

    December 3, 2010 | 10:51 am

    Australia offered to assist Israel in the wake of the devastating fires that have claimed at least 40 lives.

    “Australia stands ready to offer assistance to Israel,” Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who is due to visit Israel later this month, said in a statement Friday. “Australians...

  • U.S. trying to help Israel fight fire

    December 3, 2010 | 10:43 am

    The Obama administration is seeking ways to assist Israel in combating its forest fires, while New York sent Israel a shipment of fire retardant.

    A 747 loaded with Fire Troll 931, a fire retardant chemical, left New York Thursday night bound for Israel. The shipment was arranged by...

  • 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...

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