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        8/25/2011, Av 25, 5771

      JNF Apologizes for Blaming Hareidim in J'm Forest Fire


      Manager Ilan Bari of the Jerusalem region of the Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael (Jewish National Fund) send a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, apologizing for the printed remarks of a JNF employee who made a veiled reference to  hareidi-religious residents of the western-Jerusalem neighborhood of Har-Nof in placing the blame for a fire which burned large areas of the adjacent Jerusalem Forest about two months ago.

      It became apparent, shortly after the fire, that a resident of Beit Zayit, on the other side of the forest, set the fire, prompting Member of Knesset Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) to tell the Knesset plenum that it was wrong to condemn the community, just as it is wrong to blame the Arab community for the acts of the a handful of arsonists in its ranks.