This has been a necessary but tough blog to write for me. My closest friends in Eretz Israel live in Haifa, some directly in the path of the fire that raged since last Thursday. 42 people died, another 5 are critically injured, hundreds lost homes & possessions and 15,000 were evacuated. Those directly affected carry vivid, unsettling memories, and all who lost their loved ones are hurt & heartbroken in a way that cannot be seen on the outside. Israel is a tiny country & it's society has been touched. I wasn't there, I didn't experience the sights or sounds or smells or terror of the encroaching flames. I thought & thought about how best to tell their tale without intruding, to honour the fallen & express Sympathy & Solidarity. It came to me how best to do that ..... in the pictures of those who were there!
(If you click on the individual images you should be able to access a larger version)
|Fire licks the Roadside!|
|This is Nesher, a friend lives on this Mountain.|
|Running from Beit Oren|
|Nesher ... Fire moves away!|
|Will my Home burn??|
The Mount Carmel Forest Fire has been contained, Israel's firefighting authorities declared at 4:30 pm Sunday ~ about 77 hours after the initial fire broke out near the Druze village of Usfiya. Firefighters will continue the extinguishing operations in the coming days in a bid to prevent the fire from re-erupting. The police have authorized the evacuated residents of Nir Etzion, Ein Hod and Ein Hawd to return to their homes. Residents of Beit Oren are still ordered to stay away from their homes.
The fire has destroyed more than 50,000 dunam (12,300 acres) of land and damaged three communities ~ 74 buildings burned down in Kibbutz Beit Oren, Ein Hod, and the Yamon-Ord boarding school, and 173 buildings were partially burned. You can help Rebuild Eretz Israel and those in emergency need in the Haifa region in particular.
Over 5 million trees, some hundreds of years old are reduced to ash & rubble. Please help in the reafforestation of Israel ..... Plant a tree in Carmel Forest!!
EVERY EFFORT HELPS TO RECLAIM THIS PRECIOUS LAND!!!
I have some more very, very dramatic pictures & home video which I have held for tomorrow's blog, which shall have words to remember & pay tribute to the victims of this devasting tragedy. Am Yisrael Chai!!