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Jerusalem - Photos: Israeli Officials Say Mass Blazes Caused By Arson

Published on: May 26, 2019 12:30 PM
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Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Jerusalem -  A fire that started in the Ben Shemen forest in central Israel which burned down the Mevo Modi’in community founded by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach is a suspected arson attack.

The fire was one of more than 1,000 fires which burned throughout a very hot and dry Israel from Thursday to Saturday night.

Israel’s Fire and Rescue Service initially blamed the blaze on faulty electric wires, but has since discovered that it had several points of origin, suggesting arson, the Times of Israel reported.

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Forty of the 50 homes that make up the community were burned down, as were ten homes in the adjacent community of Kibbutz Harel.

As of Sunday morning the residents had not been able to return to the ruins of their homes. Some reportedly visited the village later in the day.

The residents of the community were staying in the Ben Shemen Youth village. And held a communal Havdalah service at the end of Shabbat on Saturday night, and vowed to rebuild, Ynet reported.

“Although this disaster has befallen us, Shabbat is sweet and gives us life” said Alon Tieger, chairman of the association that runs Mevo Modi’in. “The way people of Israel opened their hearts to us, brought me to tears, and I did not cry when my house was burned.”


View of blackened trees at the Ben Shemen Forest that was completely burnt in a fire last week, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)View of blackened trees at the Ben Shemen Forest that was completely burnt in a fire last week, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Remains of a Bible inside a burnt house after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Remains of a Bible inside a burnt house after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)View of burnt homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)
Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi'im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)Residents check what is left of their homes after a forest fire wiped out most of the houses last week in Mevo Modi’im, near Ben Shemen Forest, on May 26, 2019. (Credit: Flash90)


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 May 26, 2019 at 02:31 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

The headline said the fires were set. The story itself does not say that.

Oh well, I thank you for the photos, which I always appreciate.

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 May 26, 2019 at 05:52 PM aleph Says:

Reread the article: it says first they blamed faulty wiring, but have since discovered several starting points, suggesting arson. So not a conclusive determination, but definitely looks like it was set.

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 May 27, 2019 at 01:19 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

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aleph Says:

Reread the article: it says first they blamed faulty wiring, but have since discovered several starting points, suggesting arson. So not a conclusive determination, but definitely looks like it was set.

Did I miss that? Perhaps it was changed. In any case, thank you.

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