Palestinians and Arabs across the Middle East are celebrating as Israel struggles for the third day in a row to control dozens of fires that have sprung up between the center and the north of the country, according to The Algemeiner.
Posts written under the hashtag #IsraellsBurning are proliferating on Twitter, in which Arabs attack the Jewish state and rejoice about the blazes. They are encouraging Palestinians to set more fires.
“The welcome acts of arson are a part of the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist entity,” wrote Twitter user nrg.
“The fire is burning inside the settlements in occupied Haifa,” wrote another.
“It’s God’s punishment," declared a third.
“After a long and hard work day," wrote one more, "#israelisburning will give me an exceptional weekend , let’s party!!!!”
“Finally they got what they did to Palestinians," exclaimed yet another. "Now y’all feel how our hearts burned when you killed my brothers & sisters #israelisburning.”
“Even the lands and the trees says Get out,” wrote another.
Ofir Gendelman, Arab media spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted in response: “Arabs & Palestinians on social media rejoice over the wildfires that have erupted across Israel. Despicable fanatic hatred.”
He quoted Netanyahu as saying: “Every fire that is caused by arson or incitement to arson is an act of terrorism.”
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced that Israel will prosecute anyone caught celebrating the blazes on social media.
Arsonists are estimated to be responsible for at least 60 percent of the fires.
Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh said that the first fire, which ignited on Tuesday, may have been the result of negligence. It spread quickly because of the unseasonably hot, dry and windy weather. But now there appears to be an intentional, nationalistically motivated” effort to keep the blazes going, reports The Algemeiner -- "arson terrorism."
Israeli security authorities said they will investigate to determine whether the arson attacks were organized or are the work of "lone wolves" inspired by social media incitement. Meanwhile the Palestinian Authority apparently has announced that it would like to help extinguish the fires.