The Big Blaze: The fire that started in the Carmel Forest next to Haifa on Thursday is still burning out of control, with no hope for containment today. We’ve had firefighters from Greece and Bulgaria, with other help from Turkey, the US, and more… Ultra dry conditions and high winds have turned this into a nightmare. Death toll is at 41 right now. Ein Hod (entire village) is destroyed; thousands evacuated. Additional fires have broken out in the Kriyot, Ma’alot, and elsewhere. Arson suspected. If you are interested in following the news feed, Ynet has their English version feed at www.ynetnews.com.
Honoring the Good: William Cooper is honored at Yad V’shem. Hat tip to my mom.
Rebuking the Idiots: The answer to the question, “Can you be an anti-Semite and still be a symbol of diversity?” is NO! Glad that Wayne State recognizes Helen Thomas for the bigot that she is.