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Palestinians, Arab World Celebrate, Take Credit for Israeli Fires With #IsraelIsBurning Hashtag

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A scene from the fires raging in Israel. Photo: Twitter.

A scene from the fires raging in Israel. Photo: Twitter.

As Israel battled tirelessly for the third day in a row to extinguish and contain dozens of fires that erupted between the center and the north of the country, Palestinians and Arabs across the Middle East rejoiced on social media, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

According to the report – and English translations of Arabic posts written under the hashtag #IsraellsBurning — the Twittersphere is ablaze with attacks on the Jewish state; cheers about its being on fire; and calls on Palestinians to go out and set additional fires.

One Twitter user, nrg said, wrote, “The welcome acts of arson are a part of the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist entity.”

“The fire is burning inside the settlements in occupied Haifa,” another said, referring to a city that is not located in territory deemed “disputed” by the international community, as it is within the Green Line — or the 1967 borders.

Yet another wrote, “It’s God’s punishment.”

“After a long and hard work day, #israelisburning will give me an exceptional weekend , let’s party!!!!” wrote another.

Another said, “Finally they got what they did to Palestinians. Now y’all feel how our hearts burned when you killed my brothers & sisters #israelisburning.”

“Even the lands and the trees says Get out,” wrote another, suggesting that Jews leave Israel altogether.

Ofir Gendelman, the Arab media spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted in response: “Arabs & Palestinians on social media rejoice over the wildfires that have erupted across Israel. Despicable fanatic hatred.”

He also quoted Netanyahu as saying: “Every fire that is caused by arson or incitement to arson is an act of terrorism.”

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan — who is also minister of information and has been leading the government’s efforts to persuade Facebook and other platforms to stamp out incitement on their pages — was reported by Israel Radio as announcing that Israel is seeking to prosecute anyone caught celebrating the blazes on social media.

As The Algemeiner reported, arson was estimated to be behind at least 60 percent of the fires.

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh said that though the first fire, which ignited on Tuesday, may have been caused by negligent behavior — and spread quickly because of the unseasonably hot, dry and windy weather — there now appears to be some kind of concerted “nationalistically motivated” effort to keep the blazes going.

The eruption of this “arson terrorism,” as it is now being called by Hebrew media outlets, comes on the heels of the “lone-wolf intifada” that began a year ago in September, and has been characterized by stabbing, car-ramming and other attacks on Israeli soldiers, police and civilians.

As Israeli security authorities said they will investigate to determine whether the arson attacks were organized or constitute a kind of spontaneous combustion of individual perpetrators inspired by social media incitement, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would like to offer its assistance to extinguish the fires.

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  • YJ Draiman

    “Israel’s Disproportionate and Callous Restraint.”
    This policy by Israel’s government endangers the population of Israel and reduces safety and security.
    A response with no holds barred and zero tolerance must be taken – less talk and more action and action speak louder than words – take off the gloves and destroy the enemy and the threat once and for all. The British and Americans after rockets hit London in WWII sent bombers on a daily basis and destroyed German infrastructure and leveled cities. The U.S. to save American lives destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Israel must do what is necessary to protect its people with no restraint whatsoever and not pacifying the anti-Semitic world at large; which throughout history has persecuted the Jewish people and used them as scapegoats.
    It is your duty and responsibility to protect the people of Israel at all costs. Do your duty. Death to all terrorists must be mandatory.
    YJ Draiman

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  • Ted Crawford

    O G_d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, please heal your people Israel and their land, and deliver them from their enemies

  • Jay Berman

    There is a two state solution. Israel for the Jews. Jordan for the Arabs.


    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander

  • Myron Robinson

    And the Palestinians and Arab world wants peace with Israel. Israel does not rejoice in another Human’s misfortune. Its about time the Muslim world who always blame extremists condemn these acts. The Muslim world’s condemnation of these actions is deafening by its silence.

  • Dommy

    “They Must Go!”

    –the late, great Meir Kahane

  • Bro. Nick

    I personally feel great pity for those setting these fires in “ISRAEL” – and for everyone who rejoices in their malevolent destructive deeds against “ISRAEL” – for they know not “the certainty of the words of truth” written in “the word of the LORD”:
    “Behold, he that keepeth ISRAEL shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
    (Psalm 121:4 ~ AV)

    – For the promises of “the Lord God Almighty” are eternal:
    “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house,
    unto a land that I will shew thee:
    And I will make of thee a great nation,
    and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
    (Genesis 12:1-3 ~ AV)

  • Peter Joffe

    So called ‘Palestinians’ are happy to sacrifice their children to the hatred they have for Israel and its population of God’s Children. Burning down Israel is a small price to pay compared to the price they happily pay with their helpless children. ‘Palestinians’ are an example of the hatred and disease bred by Islam.