Ein Hod 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Veteran English-speaking immigrants from Ein Hod were aching to return home
Sunday, two days after being evacuated by rescue services as the fire grew
dangerously close to the mountain top where the historic artist’s village
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“We have spoken to people who stayed in Ein Hod, and they told us
that our house is still standing and that is a big relief,” Roy Brody, who has
lived in Ein Hod since 1972, told The Jerusalem Post.
“I know the
authorities were not happy that some people stayed behind in Ein Hod, but I am
thankful they stayed there to put out the smaller fires and, of course, that
they are safe.”
Brody, who was evacuated with his wife, Vivian Silver
Brody, and who is now staying with her at a friends‚ said that Ein Hod was a
very small town where residents “know each other very well.”
“It is not a
big city and we are very close to all those who have lost their homes there,” he
said, adding that the couple already attempted to return home yesterday but were
turned away by policemen.
“We have been watching the drama unfold but it
got too much so we went for a walk instead,” said Brody, who emigrated from
Britain in the 1960s.
“We were evacuated from there 12 years ago when
there was another fire. Obviously we feel disappointment with the government,
but it is a very old affair. My gut feeling is we [Israel] are almost never
prepared for such disasters. We go from crisis to crisis because we do not think
Asked how he felt about the destruction to the picturesque nature
and wildlife around his home, Brody finished: “That will grow back, nature will
take its course.
Whether we plant anew or don’t plant, nature will find