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A wave of fire

first Published  : 27/12/2016   Last Updated: 27/12/2016 

   

Fires raged throughout Israel from 22nd till the 27th of November of 2016. During this time, the national fire and rescue services dealt with over 1,700 fires in areas all over the country.

There were a few big fires in Haifa, Zichron Yaacov, Gosh Talmonim, and the mountains of Jerusalem. Most of the fires were caused due to climate conditions. A small part of the fires was the result of arson; however, many voices were rising in the political leadership and media took advantage of the situation to incite against the Arab citizens in Israel, some even called the fires "The Intifada of Arson".

The Coalition Against Racism: "there are those who are looking to use the fires in order to ignite the flames of hate and incitement. Anyone who caused a fire deliberately or out of negligence should be prosecuted, but its sad to see that there are media outlets and politicians that are looking to use these terrible events in over to incite against the Arab citizens. This is the time to work together In order to help the residents of Haifa and the other areas that were damaged, Arabs and Jews together, instead of using the fire to spread hate"