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December 5, 2010

Are Press Ignoring the Wave of Arson by Israel's Arabs? (Updated)

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

Given this report from Arutz Sheva, it appears that the media is ignoring the story that at least some of the raging fires in Israel have been purposefully set by Israeli Arabs (and Arabs from the Palestinian Authority)... and that the Arabs are not only celebrating the raging fires ... but some have even posted images of charred bodies of victims on the Internet.

Arutz Sheva reports:

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.

[...] 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.

[...] The volunteer "New HaShomer" land security group also placed ambushes in key locations. On Friday it reported several arrests, via text messages that it sent to its volunteer guards.

The News1 website reported that Radio Haifa interviewed several people who witnessed car horn-honking and other acts of public celebration in the Arab village of Furadis, south of Haifa, after news of the tragedy became known Thursday.

According to the report, Arab citizens uploaded to a Facebook account gruesome photographs of charred bodies of victims. Other Arabs expressed their feelings by clicking"like". The police are said to be investigating the matter and the Facebook page is said to have been closed.

However, the pictures have already begun making the rounds worldwide. A group called "Mujahedeen of Palestine," identified with Al-Qaeda, put the pictures of the bodies on a YouTube video. The video includes text that says "Muhammad's lions" came out at night to set alight the land of the "occupiers." (emphasis added)

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Other coverage: "Arab" Youths Arrested for Setting Israeli Fire That Killed 41

Update: Hamas top dog: Israeli fires are "divine strikes...plagues from Allah"

Posted by Richard at December 5, 2010 10:25 AM

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