Why did the stampede on Israel's Mt. Meron happen? | DW News
In Israel, at least 44 people have been killed and around 150 others injured in a stampede at a religious gathering attended by tens of thousands.
It happened at Mount Meron in the northern part of the country - where ultra-Orthodox Jews were holding an all-night prayer and dance celebration.
Rapt in ecstatic song and dance, footage from social media shows the crowd at the annual Lag BaOmer celebration shortly before disaster struck.
At around one in the morning, eyewitnesses said they could feel a crush beginning to build.
Mayhem unfolded. Rescue teams rushed to the scene, ferrying the injured to ambulances.
Children separated from their parents were hoisted into the arms of emergency workers desperately trying to reunite them with their families.
Police closed off road access and the military was called in to assist efforts to clear the area.
Authorities say panic broke out on the steps in this narrow passageway after people slipped and fell - and those behind them stumbled. Many of the victims were either trampled or suffocated to death.
It was the first large-scale religious gathering to be held legally since Israel lifted most coronavirus restrictions. But despite their successful handling of the pandemic, health authorities had warned against holding an event of this size.
The Lag BaOmer religious festival is particularly popular with Israel's ultra-Orthodox community, which marks the anniversary of the death of Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Police report nearly 100,000 people attended the gathering, which they say is four to five times as many should have been in a location like this.

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  • cleosmom7

    Its Karma.

  • Spartacus

    Symbolic ...

  • Jiyon Min
    Jiyon Min

    Mt MerMin

  • Jiyon Min
    Jiyon Min


  • Ocean Dream
    Ocean Dream

    did they find thier hats .. 🤔

  • Life Views
    Life Views

    Can't believe people would go to uncontrolled gatherings like this -- where one wrong move can lead to a stampede and death. If you have to exit in a river of people -- chances are, things will go wrong.

  • minimalist1807

    cult is cult..learn about cult and culture of one nation or race....aame as Christianity or other....a good game

  • Iman Islam
    Iman Islam

    Hahaha you desperately try to unit these children with their parents while snatching the palestinian child from their parent's arms. SHAME. May you Allah burn in this world and the other.

  • Piksi Belle
    Piksi Belle

    No covid in israel then ?

  • Gia Carangi
    Gia Carangi

    God is with Israel 🇮🇱 it is written in scrolls HAMAS must be stopped

  • Gia Carangi
    Gia Carangi

    Oh no Israel 🇮🇱 I love coming there shalom PM BB ILL BE THERE SOON LOVE GIA 🇺🇸❤️🇮🇱🙏🏻

  • Dhanica Joy Aguipo
    Dhanica Joy Aguipo

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  • Mister Imran
    Mister Imran

    Basterd israel

  • Mister Imran
    Mister Imran

    Basterd israel

  • bee-my.world Redaktion
    bee-my.world Redaktion

    Blind religious egotistical and their are just see themselves. This is the power of blind believer. Sorry God, for the blind believers

  • Devrieux Robert
    Devrieux Robert

    Laisser les palestiniens vivre en Paix !!!!!! Vous les journalistes vous faites passer les juifs pour des victimes, alors que c'est faux.

  • Aviyah Diaz
    Aviyah Diaz

    That's what my mommy told me too

  • Rekib Bora
    Rekib Bora

    It's not religious beliefs, it's just for enjoying.

  • Traiano Welcome
    Traiano Welcome

    Somebody drop a shekel?

  • Cushite Revenge
    Cushite Revenge

    Simple laws of physics at least on planet Earth, two or more physically solid objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. RIP to the victims

  • Cushite Revenge
    Cushite Revenge

    Nutty " religious " fanatics, nothing but craziness.

  • Daniyal Ahmed
    Daniyal Ahmed

    Why do isra,el ki||s Mu$lim in masj!d aqsa?

  • Blue sky
    Blue sky


  • Techno Bird
    Techno Bird


  • s h a d ø w b a n n e d
    s h a d ø w b a n n e d

    God knows right from wrong. Israel is deeply wrong.

  • s h a d ø w b a n n e d
    s h a d ø w b a n n e d

    So this is why they're angry. God doesn't agree with them. God knows.

  • Khir Fazli
    Khir Fazli

    All I see is rubbish & plastic bottles.

  • Shafqat Bhatti pakistan
    Shafqat Bhatti pakistan

    Isreal is illegal occupation of Palestine County they have no legally rights to occupatid the Palestinian Territory according to the UN resolutions

    • Trowa71

      It's a shame we keep giving them so many weapons. We need Gaza to test policing methods.

  • Anneke S
    Anneke S

    Hey @DW News You should saw from both side, so world can know who is the real terrorists

  • DoNNa DoNNa
    DoNNa DoNNa

    I’m not sad for them because they just killed 9 children with no reasons

  • Mohammad Nasir Habib
    Mohammad Nasir Habib

    I wish it would have been more than 44 or may be uncountable 😆

    • Mr.Waffle

      You defend palastine but wish for the genocide of another religion. You will be punished for thinking like that.

  • Patricia Barron
    Patricia Barron

    Very sad. But they were well warned. They are unfortunately , a law unto themselves.

    • asioe kiou
      asioe kiou

      way out I saw a lot of police were on the scene to guide the crowds leaving in orderly manner. At the time I had no clue what happened. And I watched as medical personnel w

  • estarte

    The worst disaster was when those imposters showed up.


    تحيا فلسطين

  • Luv

    I never like Israel and her people


    This is what happens to Israel if they keep attacking innocents. Lol. I didn't even feel sad for Israel.

  • Zeeshan Azmat
    Zeeshan Azmat

    Laailaaha illaalaa Muhammadur Rasulullah

    • Fusus alHikam
      Fusus alHikam

      @Rakesh Kr many are dying as well in India..

    • Zeeshan Azmat
      Zeeshan Azmat

      @Rakesh Kr Yes i know......

    • Rakesh Kr
      Rakesh Kr

      Profit Mohammed died 👌👌👌

  • reem al jaber
    reem al jaber

    La illaha ilAllah Mohammadan RasulAllah.

  • dcoog anml
    dcoog anml

    This is why they have capacity limits in buildings.

  • M

    Last month they killed their own, this month its Palistinians.


    All praises to the one true god the God of the biblical Israelites that’s scattered unto the four corners of the earth.🙏🏿

    • Fusus alHikam
      Fusus alHikam

      Are you Hebrew Israelite ??

  • Abdullah Shah
    Abdullah Shah


  • Algabron

    Israel laknatullah..May Allah destroy Zionis Israel..

    • dcoog anml
      dcoog anml


  • yasio bolo
    yasio bolo

    make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

  • Utpala Nanayakkara
    Utpala Nanayakkara

    End times are here. These are the days of Noah. People please repent and pray to Lord Jesus Christ for His divine protection and healing. God Bless you all. Peace of the Lord be with you.

  • Taufik Wardiana
    Taufik Wardiana


  • LaShartez Jones-black
    LaShartez Jones-black


    • asioe kiou
      asioe kiou

      every new year eve celebration had tons of police presence there for crowd control. I’d avoid such crowded places from now on.

  • muhammad osama
    muhammad osama

    They terrorists killed hundreds of thousands of people including women’s and kids. They need to give to Palestine 🇵🇸 their land back or at least stop killing and taking away house Properties.

  • whiskey t
    whiskey t

    Never follow the crowd! And absolutely never follow a crowd of religious people! AVOID RELIGIOUS PEOPLE!

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu

    Yalla fe 60 dahya, ewla3o fe gohanam el 7amra koloko ya rab

    • Syrian Atheist
      Syrian Atheist


  • M Rizky
    M Rizky

    Dead israel

  • Sumbul Khan
    Sumbul Khan

    So Allah take revenge of palastenian

  • Stacy marie
    Stacy marie


    • Stacy marie
      Stacy marie

      @bocoy noiu ... its very sad that you feel you haft to show your body to get attention ...

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

      Wow. That's terrifying.

  • eioshen boboi
    eioshen boboi


  • news channel chandur bazar ab kalam
    news channel chandur bazar ab kalam

    Israel police dog man

  • Elsie Schmaltz
    Elsie Schmaltz


  • Elsie Schmaltz
    Elsie Schmaltz

    Jesus loves us.Jerimiah29: I 1

  • Ring Dave
    Ring Dave

    Fantasy World of Religious Insanity. no limits to what can be said or done in a Fantasy. Judaism.

    • Ring Dave
      Ring Dave

      @eioshen boboi just another excuse for Religious Insanity.

    • eioshen boboi
      eioshen boboi

      It has to be in the moment.

  • Garret Johnson
    Garret Johnson

    They all had it coming

  • abdullah45 123456
    abdullah45 123456

    Allahs will

  • Paul Anca
    Paul Anca

    Very dark place without YAHSHÚA יאשוע.

  • Have Dreams
    Have Dreams

    They need to have someone let people out little by little through those narrow pathways in future=SAD & Tragic

  • Dessa Williams
    Dessa Williams

    Yah said vengeance is His he will repay they put his people the Hebrew Israelites out of his land

  • Dessa Williams
    Dessa Williams

    Yah said vengeance is mine I will repay they dare to put his people The Hebrew Israelites out of his land.

  • hung la Fung
    hung la Fung

    After Hong Kong experienced stampede, polices use the method of dividing groups to prevent too crowded.

  • Lucid Dreams
    Lucid Dreams

    Wow. That's terrifying.

  • Joe Terepl
    Joe Terepl

    this is a combination of overwhelming crowds but mainly because police mismanagement and blocking a critical exit

  • Chaos Elemental
    Chaos Elemental

    The two reasons the emergency worker gave are complete rubbish. There is early indication that IT WAS IN FACT LAST MINUTE COVID PROTOCOLS, which INCLUDED SHEET METAL BARRIERS, surrounding the main bonfire area, that have NEVER BEEN PUT UP IN PAST YEARS, THAT ACTUALLY CAUSED CHOKE POINTS, AND CREATED THE HAZARDS and bottlenecks, WHICH CAUSED THIS TRAGEDY. This yarheitz has been held at this location for HUNDREDS OF YEARS, WITH CROWDS EASILY AS BIG AS THIS YEAR’S. 2019’s crowd (which was the last time this festival was held), was EVEN BIGGER than this year’s! But THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THEY PUT UP THESE ADDITIONAL, POORLY PLANNED, “COVID BARRIERS”, and IT IS NOT A COINCIDENCE, that the FIRST TIME THEY PUT UP THE ADDITIONAL BARRIERS, which BLOCKED THE WELL ESTABLISHED ENTRY AMD EXIT POINTS out of the arena, IS ALSO THE FIRST TIME A TRAGEDY LIKE THIS HAS EVER HAPPENED at this Lag B’Omer celebration. There are MANY reports from attendees, AND VIDEOS, of police, and site-managers, STOPPING PEOPLE FROM ESCAPING THE BOTTLENECKS and over-crowding, once it started in that narrow passage way leading out from the main arena, by FORCING and holding the sheet metal “COVID barriers” back up, even when there were obviously distressed people, trying to escape from the other side - causing more panic, and CONTRIBUTING TO UNPRECEDENTED DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. It has nothing to do with the Shabbat being THE FOLLOWING NIGHT, they had nearly 18 HOURS TO GET READY FOR SHABBAT from the time this happened (plenty of time!), and it was NOT caused because of people being more worried about rushing home, than protecting themselves AND each other. THIS WAS POOR SITE MANAGEMENT BECAUSE OF NEW, NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE COVID PROTOCOLS - this site has SUCCESSFULLY HELD THESE NUMBERS, AND MORE IN THE RECENT PAST! But this will now be used as an excuse to restrict large religious gatherings, in the ‘Holy Land’ and elsewhere in the world - the government NEVER lets a crisis go to waste. And, being that the Police and government had a hand in causing this incident, with their poorly planned, post-COVID, site changes, to what WAS a well oiled machine in year’s past, that they will not complete an honest investigation, and even if they do, I doubt they will release the true cause, if it’s found to be, in large part, due to the government’s and Police’s actions/inaction. They already have their spin doctors doing damage control, to cover for them(selves). and this tragedy will be used to punish even more of the faith community, and stop us all from practicing our chosen faiths. G-d help us all.

  • Joe Chill
    Joe Chill

    But the whole world is still suffering from Corona. It's not eradicated. Didn't they know that?

    • Michael Chernak
      Michael Chernak

      They're 70% vaccinated

  • Amazing Rhod
    Amazing Rhod

    I am very unhappy and sorry with what happened in Israel where 44 killed in the last Celebration. Philippines Love 💕💕💕 ISRAEL...God Bless everyone in Israel.

  • Klm

    Why are they allowed to have gatherings like this? India should be a lesson to everybody.

    • Klm

      @Michael Chernak I live in malaysia and a lot of us r scared to take the vaccine. Unfortunately, the gov here bought some of the vaccines from china. So we just don't trust it. There have been cases of people dying or paralysis afterwards. 🥺

    • Michael Chernak
      Michael Chernak

      @Klm yes? They're all Pfizer, and israel now has less than 20 cases a day

    • Klm

      @Michael Chernak are the vaccines reliable though?

    • Michael Chernak
      Michael Chernak

      They're 70% vaccinated

  • Jiyon Min
    Jiyon Min

    It has to be in the moment.

  • Natalie Hessler
    Natalie Hessler


  • dolores tate
    dolores tate

    This is the saddest story ever. People come to have a happy time, and the unexpected happens. A real tragedy! My heart ❤ goes out to all of you, all you wanted to do was praise God.

  • LN KJV only
    LN KJV only

    Repent to Jesus Christ! Are you a sinner? Saint Luke 5:32 KJV I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Saint Luke 13:3 KJV I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    • anab Osman
      anab Osman

      But jesus is a prophet???

  • Ronald Coates
    Ronald Coates

    I heard that someone threw a dollar 💵 bill and they all went running for it , don't know if it was true but inquiring minds would like to know ! 💯🤔😬

  • Marie McDonald
    Marie McDonald

    HOLY HEAVENLY FATHER, I lift up before YOUR Thrown bowing down in worship crying Holy Holy is YOUR NAME, asking Before YOUR Majesty for all the injured people , i pray your Mercy on the Souls left the Earth, and YOUR Comfort to all the families, the one they lost their love ones, i pray in YOUR PRECIOUS HOLY NAME AMEN .

    • Rose Kavulani
      Rose Kavulani


    • Rose Kavulani
      Rose Kavulani


    • Chaos Elemental
      Chaos Elemental


  • Mohamed Ezekiel
    Mohamed Ezekiel

    Its sad to hear the news of human deaths

  • Toby Humphrey
    Toby Humphrey


  • Octavius Neal
    Octavius Neal

    No mercy for the merciless 🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • Octavius Neal
    Octavius Neal

    Only calamities until due time for you heathens

  • Octavius Neal
    Octavius Neal


  • melbround1

    It looks like the fatalities were only among men and the women's separate celebration went unscathed. Well don't have to comment further there.

    • asioe kiou
      asioe kiou


  • melbround1

    You think this is their only problem? How many do you see wearing masks, self distancing and protecting themselves from the dangers of COVID. Now in two weeks or so when they are screaming COVID, they will be asking for the world's reserves of medicine, oxygen, food, money and help....just like India. Fools game, nothing more.

    • Michael Chernak
      Michael Chernak

      But... They're all vaccinated. Maybe you should do some research before criticizing

    • asioe kiou
      asioe kiou

      They did not keep a social distance, lol

  • Usman Qadri
    Usman Qadri

    very good newz

  • Usman Qadri
    Usman Qadri


  • Judith Magert Moskovits
    Judith Magert Moskovits

    why did the police close off one if the main exits!!!! no-one is talking about it!!!!

  • Iris Essex
    Iris Essex

    It’s dangerous for any group of people to cram into a small area then have just a small corridor to exit from. It’s dangerous due to safety concerns. A celebration that many people can predict yearly raises alarms. If an event is predictable then anyone with ill intent has time to plan. Better judgement may be prudent in this case.

    • Laura Fulop
      Laura Fulop


  • A.K.A


  • Yahweh's First Fruits (Creme de la Creme)
    Yahweh's First Fruits (Creme de la Creme)

    And they began to quarrel and fight amongst themselves. "Harbinger indeed".

  • Starburst Solaris
    Starburst Solaris

    No proper exit orgsnisef. Msy be they should have left i7n three rows line with police supervision.sad tragedy. India is also under going a tradegy of sorts with the 2nd wave of covid 19. Everyone needs comfort.

  • Pacaj Albert
    Pacaj Albert

    Svet je ne právny za vojenské zločiny nikto ne súdený

  • Yahusha is coming
    Yahusha is coming

    Judgment is coming repent! The Reign of Yahuah is coming📯

  • patsematary

    “Be careful” ...you should say who allowed 100,000 people instead of 30,000

  • Tahir Bashir
    Tahir Bashir

    How cum no corona that’s like 9/11

  • Drak Manger
    Drak Manger

    sad about those deceased. karma speaks louder than anything else.

  • Nero Lowell
    Nero Lowell

    They did not keep a social distance, lol

  • Ethiopia Belaineh
    Ethiopia Belaineh


  • oldline90

    Religion itself will not be blamed.

  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiou

    My heartfelt condolences to those families that lost love ones

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