22 Iyyar 5779Day 37 of the Omer
Israel’s Fire and Rescue Service initially blamed the blaze on faulty electric wires, but has since discovered that it had several points of origin, suggesting arson, according to media reports.
Fire Department: Mass Blazes Caused by ArsonUnfortunately, some tried to blame it on Lag B'Omer bonfires which simply was not true.
In related news, the police over the weekend arrested three Arabs who attempted to start fires in Jerusalem as an act of terrorism.
A Police spokesman stated that while firefighters across the country were fighting fires, police in Jerusalem arrested three suspects for attempting to deliberately start fires.
The police arrested a 19-year-old suspect while he was attempting to start a fire near the French Hill neighborhood. A 15-year-old was arrested in similar circumstances in the Har Hazofim area, which borders with Arab neighborhoods and has repeatedly been the target of arson attacks.
A third suspect, 30, was also arrested for attempting to start a fire in the Kidron area.
“Investigations into those three suspects are continuing and they remain under arrest,” the police said.
Arab terrorists over the years have adopted arson as a weapon against Israel, taking advantage of the dry and hot weather to ignite fires and cause mass damage to property as well as loss of life.