2021 April 30 Friday
Israel: 38 die in mass panic
At least 38 people are trampled to death at a festival by radical Orthodox Jews in northern Israel, and many are in grave danger. Panic was reported when participants fell down the crowded stairs.
At least 38 people have been killed in mass panic at a Jewish festival in northern Israel, according to rescue workers. A spokeswoman for Megan David Adom Ambulance Service spoke of an “incredible disaster” early Friday morning. More than 100 people were injured, many of them life-threatening.
The injured were airlifted to nearby hospitals, some by rescue helicopter. Police tried to clear the premises. Access roads are rounded. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter following the news from the city of Meron praying for the recovery of the wounded.
100,000 celebrates Lock Palmer’s Jewish holiday in extreme Orthodox maroon. This is the largest event in Israel since the onset of the corona epidemic. Before the disaster, videos on social media showed how people came together, sang, danced and jumped for joy.
The “Harretz” newspaper quoted police sources as saying that people were slipping and falling on the stairs, causing panic. The people who ran after them then fell. One of the first media reports was talk of the collapse of the Grandstand.
Lock Palmer is a festival commemorating the Jewish uprising against the Roman occupiers under rebel leader Bar Kochba. It exploded at 132 and was put down about three years later. According to tradition, an epidemic ended on the day of Lock Palmer, during which a large number of Jewish religious students died. Rabbi Shimon Bar Jochai, who was involved in the uprising against the Romans, is buried in Mount Maron. It is a place of pilgrimage that is visited by thousands every year during the holidays. Traditionally, campfires are also lit at this time. Last year, celebrations were severely curtailed by the corona epidemic.