“We're all heartbroken”: Israel holds day of mourning for victims of religious festival stampede

by News Update

Israel observed a day of mourning on Sunday for 45 people who died following a stampede at a religious festival, with flags lowered to half-staff and questions raised about accountability for one of the country’s worst civilian disasters.

The stampede occurred during the celebrations of Lag BaOmer at Mount Meron. Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox faithful gather each year to honour second-century Jewish mystic Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

Israeli media outlets estimated that some 100,000 people attended the event, numbers that underscored a relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions in a country that has sped ahead of others in its vaccination rollout.

People at the site on Sunday morning lit candles and held prayers in one of the synagogues in the compound.

“We’re all heartbroken, saddened, shattered into million pieces. There are no words to describe the feeling of the entire country,” said Rabbi Velvel Brevda.

The U.S. Embassy said U.S. citizens were among the dead and injured but did not immediately name them. Two Canadians were also killed in the disaster, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised an investigation.

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Myanmar People's Channel May 2, 2021 - 9:23 PM

Sad from BURMA… We're under coup since Feb 2021 . Myanmar Military Terrorists kill the people and go against humanity.
Now… They blocked internet … I am able to use only youtube ( only text … No video and audio) ….
Hear the world 🌎…. Save Myanmar 🙏🙏🙏😓😓😓

Ogallalaknowhow May 2, 2021 - 9:25 PM

Ultra-orthodox will turn Israel into a third world country within a generation. And secular Jews will just watch it happen because they are increasingly powerless in this apartheid religious ethnostate.

Study on Islam May 2, 2021 - 9:27 PM

Holy Quran chapter 29, verse 61:

If indeed thou ask them who has created the heavens and the earth and subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law), they will certainly reply, "Allah". How are they then deluded away (from the truth)?

Study on Islam May 2, 2021 - 9:29 PM

Holy Quran Chapter 22, Verse 73:

O people, an example is presented, so listen to it. Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for it [i.e., that purpose]. And if the fly should steal from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are the pursuer and pursued.

Captain America 2021 May 2, 2021 - 9:32 PM

45 killed and trump was the 45 th president. Ironic or just happen stance ? I do not know .

Zaki Sadiqi May 2, 2021 - 9:34 PM

Whatever your views are on the Jewish religion, or Israeli politics, we can agree this is a tragedy!

jack rodgers May 2, 2021 - 9:42 PM

Heathens looking for someone to blame for self sabotage. Israeli mentality

Susan Freeland May 2, 2021 - 9:53 PM

Prayers to the people of Israel who lost loved ones in this terrible way.

El Yeshua May 2, 2021 - 9:58 PM

Rest in boiling 💩

areUaware May 2, 2021 - 10:38 PM

Abrahamism.

Dan Fielding May 2, 2021 - 10:38 PM

I heard a penny hit the ground.

saras daman May 2, 2021 - 10:42 PM

БУДЬТЕ ВЫ ПРОКЛЯТЫ ВСЕМ ИЗРАИЛЕМ…

saras daman May 2, 2021 - 10:43 PM

ВОТ ВАМ МОИ СОБОЛЕЗНОВАНИЯ СЛУГИ ДЬЯВОЛА!!!