Monday, January 11, 2016

Fire in B'Tselem's offices in Jerusalem caused by electrical problem, not arson

It is a relief to see that the fire in B'Tselem's offices was not caused by arson - may they be able to return to work speedily.

From the New York Times
JERUSALEM — A fire in the Jerusalem offices of an Israeli human rights group that monitors the treatment of Palestinians was caused by an electrical problem, and was not the result of arson, officials with Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services said Monday.

The fire broke out late Sunday at the offices of B’Tselem and was initially considered suspicious. The group has been a target for right-wing politicians and activists in their recent campaign against organizations critical of the Israeli government that receive funding from foreign governments. But fire investigators concluded that the fire began with a short-circuit in a ceiling and said that there had been no sign of any break-in.

B’Tselem, also known as the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a statement that it was “relieved” and eager to get back to work. 

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