Carmel forest fire

FZY yearcourse fundraise for Yemin Orde

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

British teenagers from youth movement FZY took to the streets of Jerusalem to raise money for Yemin Orde, a youth village in the north of Israel devestated by the forest fire in the Carmel region.

FZY members in Britain also launched a campaign on donation website Just Giving. The appeal has so far raised more than £1,500.

To donate visit the Yemin Orde page here

For more information about FZY yearcourse click here



Rambam hospital's role in Carmel Fire emergency

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010
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Staff at Haifa's Rambam Hospital respond to the devestating forest fire in Israel's Carmel region


The mountain gave up few survivors

By Rafi Beyar, December 10, 2010

The Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa is northern Israel's largest tertiary hospital, serving more than two million people and 11 district hospitals. As such, sadly, all too often, we need to be ready to respond at a moment's notice to emergency situations, sometimes involving multiple causalities.

When we receive word of such a situation, as we did last Thursday, we immediately go on high alert.

Dozens of physicians and nurses make ready to receive the injured, some on them rushing to the campus on their days off to do whatever they can to help.


If God sent the fire, he owes us firemen

By Geoffrey Paul, December 9, 2010

Citing halachah in support of outrageous religious discourse has long been a speciality of the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, 90-year-old Ovadia Yosef, spiritual mentor of Shas, the strictly-Orthodox political party with 11 members in the Knesset and a major role in Binyamin Netanyahu's government coalition.


Turkish aid for forest fire brings diplomatic thaw

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 9, 2010

The aid sent by the Turkish government to help fight the blaze on Mount Carmel offered an opportunity to improve the relations between the two countries.

In the wake of the fire, discussions took place this week over an Israeli apology for the Gaza flotilla incident and compensations to the families of nine Turkish citizens killed by Israeli naval commandos.

On Friday, Turkey sent two firefighting planes to take part in the international effort to end the fire on the Carmel at the request of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.


Israel's leaders must accept some blame for fire

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 9, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu can arguably be said to have come out well from the first national emergency of his second premiership.

Indeed, his decision to call it
a "national emergency" - at one stage he even used the word "international" - contributed to the marshalling of resources necessary to put the fire out, four days and 42 deaths after it was ignited.


Negligence caused Israel Carmel forest fire

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 9, 2010

While investigators have yet to pinpoint the definitive cause, one thing seems clear: the worst forest fire in Israel's history comes down to a moment of negligence.

The blaze raged for four days, consuming some 12,000 acres on the Carmel Mountain range, claiming 42 lives, severely damaging 250 homes, displacing 15,000 people and threatening Israel's third largest city.

It was finally put out by an unprecedented coalition of the woefully underfunded Israeli firefighters and planes, engines and firemen from 24 countries including Britain, the US, Turkey and the Palestinian Authority.


Bring Green Back to the Carmel - emergency appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010
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JNF has launched a global appeal to rause money to help with the wide-scale environmental damage from the forest fire in Israel's Carmel mountain region.

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Netanyahu honours foreign help for Carmel fire crisis

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

Israel has honoured 250 foreign fire fighters and rescue workers from Britain and around the world who worked to control the devastating four-day-long forest fire in the Carmel mountains region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the volunteers honorary awards on behalf of the state of Israel at a ceremony in Jerusalem this morning.

He said that for years Israel had sent humanitarian assistance abroad, in response to disasters such as the Haiti earthquake or a fuel tanker explosion in Congo, and praised the international community for doing the same for Israel.


Carmel forest fire traced back to teen's nargila coal

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2010

Police investigating the forest fire in Israel’s Carmel region have traced it back to the negligence of a 14-year-old boy.

The teenager has admitted to discarding a lit coal, used in smoking a nargila water pipe, in an open area.

Investigators believe this is what initially caused the devastating blaze, although unseasonably dry weather and strong winds have been blamed for why it spread.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said: “Based on an analysis of findings on the ground, the fire was caused by negligence.”