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July 5, 2015 8:14 pm

Jerusalem Firefighters Contain Blaze Threatening Biblical Zoo — Arson Suspected

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Arson is suspected to be behind a fire that broke out near Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo. PHOTO: Israel Fire and Rescue Services.

Arson is suspected to be behind a fire that erupted on Sunday in the Ein Yael Reserve near Jerusalem’s Malha neighborhood and threatened to spread towards the nearby Biblical Zoo, Israeli news site NRG reported.

The suspicion that the fire was caused by an arson attack came as the result of an initial investigation by authorities carried out close to the time the fire broke out.

Fire investigators attached to the Fire and Rescue teams in Jerusalem located the starting point of the fire, near the western slopes of the Palestinian village of Batir. According to the investigators, the fire was started at multiple points within an area very close to the residential part of the village.

Eight firefighting teams rushed to the area, and were able to contain the spread of the flames. Two firefighting planes also joined in the effort to control the fire.

Due to the fire’s proximity to an Israeli railway route, train traffic on the Jerusalem line was also halted.

In recent years, arson has been suspected as the cause of multiple fires in the Jerusalem area. Last week, Palestinian vandals ignited fires in Jerusalem with Molotov cocktails and then ambushed and stoned firefighters who arrived at the scene to extinguish the flames.

In June last year, two large fires were ignited in the Jerusalem area, one in the Gilo neighborhood and another near Abu Ghosh.

In a 2013 interview with The Algemeiner, police and firefighter spokesmen lamented the rising prevalence of arson attacks as a form of terrorism.


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  • Batir is the ancient Betar, Bar Kochba’s capital & the site of Jewish mass graves & unknown archeological treasures from the second revolt against Rome.. The Arab village sitting on top of these has meant that there can be no excavations. Such is the deference that Israel pays to Arabs, politically correct enough to delight any liberal. And where does it get her ?

  • Joseph Feld

    If Arabs are suspected of arson in Jerusalem, why not consider Arab arson in the church in Northern Israel? If ISIL are operating in Gaza, perhaps ISIL also had a part in the church arson.

  • Mordecai Ben Natan

    When ever the terrorists throw stones at fire fighter, they should turn the hoses onto the tyerrorists and blast them away.
    That should out a stop to this trype of terrroism

  • The Watchman

    Surely you mean Batir, the SETTLEMENT of so-called “Palestinian” COLONISTS.

  • Vivarto

    Stop calling Arabs “Palestinians”.
    They are occupiers and squatters in Palestine, they don’t belong here.

  • Vivarto

    Stop planting trees, start expelling Arabs.
    They belong in the desert and are uncomfortable with the trees.

  • Mayven

    There is one way to treat arsonists. This willful wanton destruction must not be tolerated . Severe punishment is a beginning.Disruption by anyone impeding fire fighting personnel .. needs a good strapping AND FURTHER CONSEQUENCES

  • Wm. J. Levy

    The Arabs are the ones who started the fires in the forests and now the arson at the Biblical Zoo.

    They’re not afraid until we make them afraid.

    Sharon was right in the 1950’s when the terrorists just disappeared and were never heard from again.

    Remember the lessons of Sharon since they have no respect let them fear us.