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Israel: Wave of Fires May Be Arson Jihad; Four Local Muslims Caught Near Jerusalem Fire
From the 'Jerusalem Post'
"Police suspect "wave of nationalistic arson attacks'".
'Dozens of firefighting crews, planes needed to control Kiryat Tivon blaze, homes burned, residents evacuated'
'Police said on Thursday that they suspect a spate of fires over the past two days is part of a "wave of natiionalistically motivated arson attacks".
'Nationalistically motivated'. In other words: Jihad by Fire-Setting. - CM
'It took some 30 firefighting crews, as well as firefighting aircraft, to gain control over a fire in Kiryat Tivon, southeast of Haifa, on Thursday afternoon. It was the second blaze in the area in as many days.
'Police evacuated several people from their homes. An old age home was also evacuated.
'At least two homes were damaged by the fires, but no injuries were reported.
'The municipality opened a shelter for displaced people at the Narkisim school in Kiryat Tivon.
Asst.-Ch. Hagai Dotan, head of the Coastal Police, said the fires may be a form of nationalistic attack.
No, Hagai Dotan, the word you need is Jihad. The continual Muslim attempt - whether by force or by fraud - to weaken non-Muslims and get them to submit to Muslim rule. - CM
'Police arrested four Palestinians from the West Bank (sic: in other words, 'four local Arab Muslims from Judea and/ or Samaria' - CM) whom they found in the vicinity of a fire near Jerusalem on Wednesday, on suspicion of involvement in starting the blaze.
'Dotan said that police and Fire and Rescue Services were on high alert due to the threat of additional arson.
'Earlier on Thursday, firefighters succeeded in gaining control of a fire just outside Jerusalem near Moshav Even Sapir.
'Wednesday saw firefighters battle blazes in the same areas, as well as in the eastern Carmel mountains.
'No injuries were reported'.
Some of the damage caused by these fires can be seen in the photos accompanying the Ynet report:
'Suspicion: Wave of nationalistically-motivated arson fires'.
Again: 'nationalistically motivated'. Jihad. - CM
'Authorities suspect recent fires in Kiryat Tivon, Even Sapir and Beit Shemesh caused by arson; investigation launched.
'Coastal District Police Commander Hagai Dotan has ordered the establishment of a special team to investigate the circumstances behind the recent fires that have hit Israel in the past week.
"It is suspected that we are experiencing a wave of nationalistically motivated arson fires", he said, "There is no intelligence to support the claim but from a national perspective a sequence of arson fires in Tivon, Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh cannot be coincidental".
'Earlier, firefighters gained control over a large fire that broke out between Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim and Kiryat Tivon.
'Haifa Fire Services chief Arie Regev estimated the fire broke out as a result of arson, noting that a total of six fires were recorded in the area in the past week. "Six fires in the same place cannot be caused by negligence," he said. Police are saying that Thursday's blazes are part of a wave of arson attacks.
'Fire and Rescue Services commissioner Shahar Ayalon said there is no evidence to suggest that the recent fires were caused by arson. Nevertheless, he stated that there is suspicion of arson that warrants an investigation.
'The fire reached some trees which caused several houses to catch fire...Twenty-seven crews worked to contain the flames along with dozens of Jewish National Fund and Nature and Parks Authority teams. Two aircraft assisted the extinguishing efforts.
'Large police and Magen David Adom forces were also at the scene. One police officer suffered smoke inhalation but refused to be taken to hospital. Meanwhile, two large fires also broke out near Beit Shemesh and in the Ibtin area.
"This is one of the most complex fires we've worked on since the Carmel Disaster", one of the firefighters said.
'The fire broke [out] a day after a blaze that destroyed 70 dunam near the Amakim Junction...
'Earlier, a fire broke out in Moshav Even Sapir near Jerusalem. Firefighters managed to contain the flames...
'Fire Services officials said that the fire had come close to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital causing heavy traffic in the area...".
Arutz Sheva had a little more:
'Fire Fighters, Police Say: It's Arson.
'Arab arson season is in full bloom in Israel: sources in the fire department and the Zevulun precinct police told Arutz Sheva that the fires set Thursday are the result of arson.
'Several blazes broke out Thursday. One, near Sha'ar HaAmakim, in the southeastern approach to Haifa, was spreading toward Tivon in the afternoon..
"A large fire blazed in the same region Wednesday, but Thursday's fire did not break out in the same place.
'Outside Jerusalem, near Even Sapir, the fire that burned Wednesday reignited and was brought under control after dozens of local residents were evacuated from their homes...
'In addition, a fire broke out near an IDF ammunition depot in the Rehovot area, near Tel Nof. No -one was hurt. Fire crews were able to bring the blaze under control in a relatively short time.
'While high temperatures and irresponsibility by campers are always potential causes of fires, it is a well known fact that Arabs (that is, Arab Muslims - CM) intentionally set fires as an easy way of terrorizing Jews and destroying their property. Arab inciters (that is, Arab Muslim inciters - CM) have called on Arabs (that is, on Muslims - CM) to do just this, on more than one occasion.
'When a fire broke out near Jerusalem six weeks ago, Major General Niso Shaham, who was then Commander of the Jerusalem Police, told a Channel 2 reporter that there is currently a plethora of arson attacks in the Jerusalem area. The reporter said that fire fighters told him that there were several incidents of arson every day in the Jerusalem area alone, and Shaham did not deny this.
'Arabs have been documented setting fire to fields in Judea and Samaria, where this is a common practice of theirs...".
Setting fire to crops, pastures, forests and property has always been part of Jihad. It was regularly done in the ceaseless ghazi raids that ravaged the mediterranean coast of southern Europe from the 7th century onward.
If these July and August fires in Israel are being set by Arab Muslims - as seems highly likely - then the motive is not 'nationalism', nor is it simple vandalism, nor is 'terror' alone the right word for it: it is Jihad, fire-setting to sow terror and cause harm, with a view to weakening the Infidels and enabling Muslims to achieve dominance.
And in the Comments attached to some of these articles one can see that some members of the non-Muslim public, Israeli or non-Israeli, have figured it out.
For example, at Jerusalem Post, someone remarked acidly "The Jews found a barren land. They brought it back to life with vast reafforestation campaigns...Now the colonialist Muslim Arabs want to return it to its barren state. Another contribution of Islam to human progress". And someone else, quoting the sentence 'Police said Sunday that they suspect a spate of fires over the past two days is part of a "wave of nationalistically motivated arson attacks"', added - "You mean jihad. the struggle to make Islam supreme. Say it."