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Children Evacuated From Israel’s North Get Chanukah Activities


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Hundreds of children evacuated from communities in Israel's north will participate in Chanukah activities run by the Jewish Agency.

The activities announced will include outings and performances in the center of the country.

The activities are being run in coordination with the relevant government authorities and in cooperation with the Migdal Or Association and the Noar Ha`oved ve Halomed youth movement.

Fire in Northern Israel Nearly Under Control


(JTA) -- The fire raging in northern Israel which has destroyed thousands of acres of land and claimed the lives of 42 people is nearly under control, Israeli officials said.

During a special meeting Sunday in Tirat HaCarmel, a community evacuated Thursday hours after the fire broke out, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told the Cabinet that "we are at the final hurdle."

Why are all those countries helping a "hated" Israel?

There's an interesting subtext to the outpouring of international support for Israel as it fights catastrophic fires in the north.

More and more, we hear that Israel is being “delegitimized” by an indifferent world, that so much of the criticism of its policies is based on “hatred” of the Jewish state, that support for its existence is all but nonexistent.

Israel Fire Update: Uncontrolled, 42 Dead, 17,000 Evacuated


(JTA) -- The fire raging in northern Israel was still out of control as the sun set on Friday, with 42 people reported dead.

At least 17,000 Israelis were evacuated from the area of the blaze, which spread closer to Haifa on Friday. The University of Haifa, which was evacuated on Thursday, has become a staging ground for emergency personnel. Most of those killed by the fire were prison guard cadets aboard a bus that was trapped Thursday by burning trees felled by the flames. The guards were enroute to a nearby prison to carry out an inmate evacuation.

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