The police suspect arson/terror in at least some of the cases. JNF chairman Eli Stenzler is calling it 'Ecological Terrorism".
Some 750 acres of forest are now gone. Natural animal habitats have been destroyed. It's the largest fire in Israel in years. It's going to take a year just to clean up the damage, and years to restore the forests.
4 firemen were injured battling the fire.
What can you do?
The JNF needs to raise $1,000,000 to restore the forests. (Link fixed)
If you click on the link you can donate and see how much they've raised so far.
Israel is the only country in the world that completes each year with more trees than it started off with. It would be a shame for 2010 to be any different.
Over 300,000 trees burned down in Israel on June 29...
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד