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Ronald S. Lauder praises countries for helping Israel to fight fire blazes

The head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Thursday expressed concern about the wild fires currently raging in Israel. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel, especially those in the areas most affected by the fires.”

Wild fire spreading near Modiin on ThursdayWild fire spreading near Modiin on ThursdayThe WJC president thanked the countries – among them Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Russia, Turkey, and the United States – providing emergency relief and support for Israel.

However, he expressed indignation about the fact that despite the danger a number of Arab communities, as well as their Jewish neighbours, were facing by the fires, some Arabs had now “gleefully taken to social media.” Hash tags such #TheZionistEntityIsBurning or #IsraelIsBurning were shared widely on Twitter.

On Thursday, firefighters struggled to contain blazes raging through the northern Israeli city of Haifa and dozens of small- to medium-scale conflagrations throughout the country.

Firefighters also battled flames in a forest near the capital Jerusalem.

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