Residents of a village fostering Israeli-Palestinian coexistence are “living in fear”, after a second fire devastated their community in the space of a week.
Members of the Neve Shalom cooperative near Jerusalem were woken by a fire alarm on Sunday, as emergency services were called to battle flames at the Fred Segal Peace Library.
This comes after a destructive blaze damaged the Oasis of Peace school last week, which was forced to relocate.
Israeli police are said to be working with the local community to determine the causes of both blazes.
Oasis of Peace UK, which supports Neve Shalom – or Wahat al-Salam in Arabic – said it has been a “model for coexistence between Israeli Jews and Arab-Palestinians for over forty years”.
Its residents are now “living in fear that it is being targeted.”
A spokesperson added: “Firefighters and police responded quickly and the fire was put out. The library has sustained damage and several pieces of art in its Oasis gallery have been destroyed.”