December 06, 2010

Israel: Press Low-Key on Wave of Arson By Israel's Arabs

First the good news:

Firefighting services on Sunday night announced the end of the biggest fire in Israel's history after putting out all blazes on Mount Carmel. The forces were to remain at the scene overnight to prevent the fire from re-erupting.
While others want to start more...

ArutzSheva [Empasis mine]

Police and volunteers are manning checkpoints, lookouts and ambushes throughout Israel in an effort to combat a wave of terrorist arson by Arab citizens of Israel. While occasionally reporting some of the arson incidents, most news sources are playing them down considerably, while others cover them up completely.

The IDF has released video footage shot from an IAF aircraft, which shows a vehicle escaping from the scene of an arson attack on the Carmel Mountain. The conversation on the radio, in Hebrew, is between pilots and police. The pilots report that they have received word from a firefighting aircraft that spotted the vehicle leaving the scene of an act of arson, near a spot called the Muhraka. The aircraft follows the vehicle – a Renault Kangoo – until it is stopped by police cars.

Despite this video, news of the wave of arson is seeping into the public consciousness mostly through smaller news sources and by word of mouth.

Police said the main conflagration in the Carmel Mountains was unintentionally caused by a group of youth from Ossafiya. According to a report on Channel 2 news, the youths lit a fire as part of a nocturnal picnic and did not put it out properly before leaving the site. Later reports said that while most of the residents of Ossafiya are Druze, the youths who were arrested are Arabs.

However, Channel 2's website also carries a report that Border Police arrested two Arabs, one an Israeli citizen and the other from the Palestinian Authority, who tried to start a fire near Jerusalem on Saturday night. The two were caught in a ravine near the “tunnels checkpoint” at the entrance to the neighborhood of Gilo.

A terrorist supporting website & according to ArutzSheva article above, a Facebook group uploaded gruesome images of those who died in the fire. Naturally...someone had to post a video on Jihad Tube, Arabic title. I believe this is all under investigation so I won't link any site/JihadTube channel.

Meanwhile, A leading [The Atlantic] leftist website is urging liberals not to donate to Israel's fire relief fund… Because Israel is a “rich” country. The leftist are no better than those who attempted arson/uploaded the images/spread on the web/YouTube.....bastages, all of them.

By Stable Hand at 12:32 AM | Comments |