The Mount Carmel
forest fire: אסון הכרמל Ason Ha'Karmel, "The
Carmel Disaster" was a deadly forest fire that
started on Mount Carmel in northern Israel, just
south of Haifa. The fire began at about 11:00
local time on December 2, 2010, and spread
quickly, consuming much of the Mediterranean
forest covering the region.
The fire claimed 44
lives, making it the deadliest in Israeli
history, including three senior police officers,
among them the chief of Haifa's police.
The fire appeared to
be caused by human activity near the Druze town
of Isfiya. On December, 6 a 14-year-old resident
of the town told police that he had
inadvertently started the fire with a nargila
The fire was
followed by a wave of arsons throughout Israel
and the West Bank. These fires, which initially
created confusion regarding the source of the
Carmel blaze. Israeli police have referred to
some of these fires as arson.
The State of Israel
faced yet another great challenge,
fighting the worst wildfire in the nationís
history causing devastating losses. 44
people were killed, homes were lost and JNF
foresters estimate that over 5 million trees
were burned in more than
12,500 acres of destroyed
JNF Operation Carmel
Renewal: From Black to Green, will help rebuild
and renew the Carmel Forest. In order to do
this, the JNF needs more support.
One of the best
means is for people to see the forests - how
beautiful they were, how they are now, and
seeing what needs to be done.
New videos need to
be produced that effectively illustrate this and
bring this message to life, not only at
fundraising events, but also on broadcast
We are willing and
able to do this and contribute effectively to
Operation Carmel Renewal: From Black to Green.