There are so many things that are not adding up about what just happened in Meron.
***More updates below***
We all know that another massive ‘whitewash’ is about to occur, where the police and the government will ‘investigate themselves’ and declare they did absolutely nothing – NOTHING!!! – wrong.
I can’t sleep thinking about it, so in the meantime I’ve typed up some of the things that aren’t making sense to me about what really happened in Meron.
I’m just listing them below, to ‘get them out there’ – and I’m very happy to have some help to clear things up, if others out there have more information or facts.
Because one thing is for sure:
The authorities are not going to tell us anything even approaching the truth of what really happened on L’Ag B’Omer in Meron.
So, here’s what I’ve got so far:
Things that don’t make sense about the Meron tragedy
1. No reports of the loud ‘boom’ that occurred shortly before 1AM.
My daughter reported that she heard a ‘boom’ while she was still working in the Rashbi kever, shortly before 1 AM. She said it sounded like something had fallen down – and she called my other daughter later that evening, to find out if the news had reported what it was.
This ‘boom’ was not reported in media reports – at least, none that I’ve been able to find.
2. Where did the story that the bleachers had collapsed come from?
On the Myrtlerising.com blog, she stated the following:
“At first, news outlets reported a stampede occurred because a balcony collapsed. Then the balcony became bleachers. Then they said nothing collapsed; the stampede occurred due to a closed in area with a ramp & stairs, which causes a downward momentum difficult to halt.
However, my teenage son’s friend said that he was on the bleachers, which were shaking, and indeed, he said there was some kind of collapse. So I don’t know.”
Two days’ later, no-one is talking about anything ‘collapsing’ – despite first-hand witness reports of the boom.
This is very strange.
3. Why did the initial reports contain quotes from ‘first responders’ describing scenes of carnage including people being ‘separated from their limbs’?
Initial accounts had some ‘first responder’ official, making statements about people being separated from their limbs, and terrible carnage that hadn’t been seen since the bus bombings in Israel – consistent with a ‘bleachers collapsing’ version of the story.
But…. No bleachers collapsed.
So, why was that person being quoted making these statements, when that wasn’t what was happening on the ground?
People were being crushed to death and stepped on. But no-one had their limbs ‘separated from their bodies’. That’s just not consistent with being crushed to death in a crowd.
Now, those comments have been scrubbed from the internet, so I can’t double-check this.
But it’s puzzling that this was being reported in the first place.
Unless of course, that was what was have meant to have happened.
4. Why so many ‘ready to go’ stories about Toldos Aharon chassidut bearing the brunt of the casualties?
Take a look at this story, put up on the awful Jpost:
It’s emphasizing the ‘anti-zionist’ stance of Toldos Aharon, and encouraging readers to believe that these ‘horrible, anti-zionist chassidim’ somehow deserved what happened.
But again, there is a disconnect between the ‘planned news’ and what actually happened.
Initial news stories claim that lots of small children have been killed and injured, and that the majority of the casualties are from the Toldos Aharon chassidut.
This appears to be wrong.
The youngest niftar I read about was 9 years old and the vast majority of those killed were adults.
Also, hardly any of the dead are Toldos Aharon chassidim.
BUT – if bleachers had collapsed in the Toldos Aharon area while the Rebbe was lighting the bonfire – when the ‘boom’ was heard – then that would have meant that many, many of the dead would be Toldos Aharon chassidim, including small children – as was initially being reported.
I also want to draw your attention to one of the comments on that post about what really caused the deaths and casualties in Meron:
“Many different witnesses told Haaretz that a police barricade prevented people from exiting and caused overcrowding. Police decided to block an exit passage and people were forced in. Police stood by as people asphyxiated.
“Eliyahu, who was injured in the disaster, described the scene of total confusion. “We tried to leave, but the demonic yasam police closed all kinds of areas and weren’t letting us leave,” he said. “We begged them to open the gates to get out, but the brutal police didn’t let people leave and everyone was pushed, and people were simply trampled to death. I didn’t understand what was happening and fainted, and woke in the hospital.”
5. The deaths are being blamed on a ‘stampede’ – but no reason has been given for why this ‘stampede’ occurred – if it even happened at all.
Available footage and eyewitness accounts doesn’t show that a stampede occurred.
It shows that the police blocked an exit with fences, resulting in an enormous pressure of people building up that caused 45 people to be crushed to death – and that there was no stampede.
If you want to tell me that there was a ‘stampede’ as being reported – then what were people meant to be ‘stampeding’ away from?
6. Why was the floor soaking wet?
There are a number of reports saying the floor was wet, and that’s what caused people to fall and be crushed.
That the floor was so wet that numerous people noticed it – in the dark, in a crowd of people – suggests that something more than someone spilling some water, or juice, on the ground made the floor that wet.
A small patch of water or juice on the ground wouldn’t have been noticed by so many people, in a crush, at night, unless we are talking about a copious amount of water.
Where did that water come from?
Water dries very fast on summer nights in Israel.
Why was it present on the ground in large amounts in that area, shortly after the mysterious ‘boom’ was heard, and at the same time that the police decided to close the exit off?
Where did the fatalities actually occur?
In this article, it says that happened in ‘Area 41’ of Meron. Also, note the timing – consistent with the ‘boom’ my daughter heard shortly before 1am.
At 12:55am, [A singer playing live] stopped to tell rescue teams stationed across the mountain to help out “at the stairs”.
At 12:57am, a medic came out of the crowd carrying a small child in his arms. “Do not worry, you’ll live,” he was overheard telling the child. He put the child down inside a structure nearby and yelled into his walkie-talkie: “A mass-casualty event in Area 41.”
All of the videos I saw so far in the MSM showed the fenced off exit you can see in this video, below:
But then, I found this strange video as part of a ‘Chesed Fund’ fundraiser, which has clearly been cut and mislabeled as ‘Police Attempt To Pull Bodies Out From Under Trapped Crowd’ which appears to show something very different – and people literally piled on top of each other on stairs, as the police look on:
It’s possible that fatalities occurred in separate places.
But this seems inconsistent with the eye-witness reports of people falling down steps, and the people at the bottom of the steps being crushed to death.
8. Why were ‘bottlenecks’ set up all over Meron this year, and why were the police practising what would happen if the bleachers collapsed?
This comes from HERE:
“We are standing at the entrance to the compound while thousands of people behind us were pushing to get in. There were barriers and a small and narrow passageway,” Daitsh said.
“A policeman told us to go back and threatened to spray us with pepper spray if we did not do as he said. I asked him if he was insane. I said there were people there, children, they would be crushed, and people would die. I asked him to let some of them through and relieve some of the pressure on the crowd. But he would not listen,” he said……Daitsh said that Thursday’s disaster could have been repeated in five or six different locations on Mount Meron that night. “It is a miracle that no other such tragedies occurred….
… During the week leading up to the religious festivities, police forces conducted war games practicing various possible scenarios. The force practiced mass casualty events such as a collapse of stands, fire and other eventualities.”
The police were practising a mass casualty event involving ‘a collapse of stands (bleachers)’ the week before this tragedy occurred?
While the MSM is quoting ‘massive crowds’ at Meron this year, in truth way FEWER people were in Meron this year than have been attending in the 4-5 years before COVID last year.
Meron usually gets half a million visitors, and this year there were 100,000.
So, something else was happening this year to cause the ‘overcrowding’ that lead to this disaster.
I’m typing this at 3.30am, because hard as I tried to get to sleep, I just couldn’t.
There are too many things that just don’t add up here, and I need to set them down for the record.
Also, I had a discussion with someone who acknowledged that the police were to blame for what had happened, but violently disagreed that it had been done deliberately.
If it was done on purpose by the government, there would be a 1,000 people dead, at least, not just 45.
And that’s what got me thinking, about the mysterious ‘booms’, and the reports of bleachers collapsing and people ‘losing limbs’ and carnage, and wet floors and exits being blocked at exactly the same time that the ‘boom’ was heard by my daughter, and others.
I can’t help but think that bad as this so definitely already was, if things had ‘gone to plan’, it would have been many orders of magnitude worse.
You remember, a couple of weeks back I drove up to Meron to be part of impromptu Shuvu Banim prayer gathering called by a ‘hidden tzaddik’ to sweeten some unknown terrible decree?
Here’s how I wrote it up, back then:
There were instructions to start at midnight, to recite 7 tikkun haklalis, and then to carry on praying until netz – the dawn minyan.
Usually, Shuvu Banim go to Hevron, the Kotel, or occasionally Kever Rachel.
This was the first time I remember being told to go to Meron to pray – and look at the timing of when those prayers began, and until when they continued.
Something big got sweetened here, so very bad as it still was.
And this time around, the evildoers are not going to be able to hide.
There are too many questions, too many things that don’t add up, too many people who saw what they saw, and know what they know.
The bleachers didn’t collapse as planned…
The ‘cover story’ didn’t happen….
And what’s left is a trail of evidence that shows very clearly that a lot of forethought and effort went into what occurred in Meron on L’Ag B’Omer.
Let me leave you with another account of what happened, from HERE, which points up some of huge questions I raised above:
“As the news of the disaster at Meron first broke out, there were many differing accounts of how it happened, including the collapse of bleachers. However, it quickly became clear that those reports were mistaken.
Instead, the incident occurred as thousands of people made their way down a narrow downward walkway by the Toldos Aharon complex toward the exit of the site. The police, apparently unaware of how many people were in the walkway, blocked the exit for a few minutes for some reason, creating a terrible bottleneck.
Meanwhile, people inside were crushed together and toppled on top of each other. The metal floor was also reportedly wet for some reason and some people on the walkway fell and there was a chain reaction, with people on top of the stairs toppling on those below.
“The blockage led to people being compressed,” the witness said. “More and more people who wanted to leave the crowded [Toldos Aharon] plaza entered the passageway, that according to witnesses was also wet.”
“And that’s how the disaster occurred. Hundreds and perhaps thousands of people on the way down, with no exit, with no possibility of moving backward.”
“We were walking and suddenly movement stopped,” one survivor told Channel 12 News. “I saw police blocking the entrance….”
“….Another witness to the scene said that contrary to the initial reports, no bleachers collapsed or anything else for that matter. “Nothing collapsed,” he said.
“Over the ohel of the Hachnasas Orchim and next to the building of the Rashbi, there’s a passageway to the stairs. There was a bottleneck of people in this passageway. People fell one on top of the other. I can’t even describe to you what it looked like.”
Tomorrow, BH, I’ll cover more of the spiritual implications of what just happened in Meron.
Because everything that God does, even these terribly painful, heartbreaking things, contain ‘good’.
But it takes a lot of emuna and prayer, sometimes, to be able to start to tease that out.
This video, from inside the Rashbi kever on L’Ag B’Omer, was posted up on the Tomer Devorah website HERE.
It shows Israel Border Police mamash roughing young chareidi men up – for absolutely no reason.
There are no crowds, these young men aren’t doing anything.
There were initial reports – that I haven’t independently confirmed – of police beating people up before ‘the tragedy’ occurred. This video suggests that those reports could well be correct.
In the meantime, I’m still trying to figure out where the ‘mass casualty’ event actually happened.
Even basic information like this is being withheld from the public here in Israel.
But here is what people have already been talking about, the last 24 hours:
Closing down Meron to pilgrims;
Fake news stories about female soldiers being attacked by haredim they were trying to help (thus demonising religious Jews exactly at a time when one might be moved to feel some sorrow and sympathy with them);
Netanyahu using the ‘Meron Tragedy’ to try and extend his government mandate….
The list of people trying to use this ‘tragedy’ to achieve their own ends just goes on and on and on.
But the truth is going to come out this time.
I feel it in my bones.
All these deaths at Rabbi Shimon on L’ag B’omer are sweetening something way, way bigger, and evil is finally on its last legs in this country.
My friend just emailed me this:
Hasidim who were at Meron deadly disaster blame police for incident in which 45 people were killed.
This is the beginning of the end for the evil that’s been ruling here for centuries, already.
There will probably still be some ups and downs before we finally get there, but the end is starting to loom into site.
And the 45 didn’t die for nothing.
This video comes from the Habayitah blog, HERE, and shows more video of the Border Police beating up chareidim – for no obvious reason – shortly before the ‘tragedy’.
The Border Police in Israel wear the light grey uniforms, and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen video of them beating up religious Jews – including young boys – simply for the ‘crime’ of being a religious Jew.
There are more videos out there, and BH, they will start to surface more and more, even though the police cut all the cameras in Meron itself the day before L’ag B’Omer.
This time the truth will out.
Police blocking an ambulance from entering Meron:
I’m just going to keep adding stuff to this post, so it’s recorded ‘for posterity’, as I know how quickly all this information can get scrubbed out of the historical record, otherwise.
Now, there’s a report on Israel National News that some building in Meron did collapse – but what that building is, they aren’t saying, and this is the first time it’s being mentioned in the almost 3 days after the mass murder event in Meron;
An engineering report has shown that the section of the building that collapsed in Meron was built for 3000 people, but was holding 20,000 at the time.
What was this building, and why have there been ZERO reports about it from anyone, including eyewitnesses and people in Meron who were caught up in tragedy, until now?
More on that mysterious engineers report, from the Israel National News site HERE:
One fact has already been made public: the fact that the official engineer’s report on the site concluded that the area where the crowd gathered for the lighting ceremony conducted by the Admor of Toldot Aharon was deemed suitable for a maximum of 3,000 people. In fact, around 20,000 people were estimated to have been gathered there immediately prior to the disaster that occurred, almost seven times the permitted number.”
[Ed. note from Rivka – but you can see from the Livestream video in Update 6, below, that there was no unusual or life-threatening overcrowding in the Toldos Aharon complex at the time the people were asphyxiating to death in the ‘tunnel’ leading off it, even if there were 20,000 people present. So this engineering report seems like more ‘fake news’ put out by the government.]
“The crush was described as deadly by many of those present, even before the tragedy occurred; it was, however, only when people attempted to leave the area and were penned into a narrow corridor in order to do so that the fatal events leading to multiple fatalities transpired.
Multiple eye-witness accounts have attested that police blocked off this exit, despite the increasingly desperate pleas of those crushed within the closed-off area to remove the barrier. Police have denied that the exit was blocked, but if security camera footage contradicts their denials, the evidence against them will be damning indeed.”
I’m also still collecting first-hand accounts of how the police seem to have deliberately caused the deaths in Meron.
So to that distressing pile, I now add the following eyewitness account from Yitzhak Deri, from HERE:
“I was there, standing in the tremendous crush of people, with people being propelled along like in a river. At one point I was next to that [corrugated iron] wall, that wall of death, battling against the stream of people being pushed down the slope, and somehow I managed to make my way up and out. I cried out to the police officer there and I told him: ‘You have to remove that wall – people are going to die here if you don’t. Dozens of people are going to be killed here, and I’ll bear witness against you in court.’ That was just ten minutes before the disaster,” he noted.
Deri continued: “I almost passed out from the crush. I can’t begin to understand who gave that crazy order to close off the exit. People were trying to get out and they [the police] wouldn’t let them. Next to me there was a father with his three-year-old son, begging me, ‘Please, get my son out of here or he’s going to die.’ And that was before the disaster.
“Gradually the crush was getting worse and worse until there were literally thousands of people trying to get out of the plaza. Until my dying day I will see that police officer before my eyes. Anyone who thinks the police didn’t cause this disaster is so completely mistaken. The barrier the police refused to take down was what caused this terrible tragedy.
Why didn’t they let people leave? People knew they were going to die! One of those who escaped told me, ‘My son and I recited Shema Yisrael.’ Everyone was begging the police officers to remove the barrier – ‘Pull it down – we’re dying here.’”
I’m also still trying to work out where all the deaths actually happened.
I’ve spent a good part of today poring over google earth maps of Meron, to try to figure it out, and it’s still not obvious.
So much of the footage doesn’t add up to the stories being told.
And now that this mysterious ‘collapsed building’ is being added in to the mix, I think I may have to go up and try to check things out first hand.
We will get into the more spiritual stuff soon, BH. I just felt that getting as many facts down in print, as soon as possible, was really important the last 24 hours, before the government and their media lackeys started spinning it all off into oblivion.
They are still trying to do that – but at least, they have a real fight on their hands this time, and a lot of people aren’t just rolling over and accepting the official narrative.
BH, together, with Hashem and the true tzaddikim, we will finally get rid of this evil.
I found the full ‘live feed’ from Meron, 2021, HERE.
Start watching from 3 hours 40 on – it’s in the Toldos Aharon complex, and you can clearly see that there was no ‘stampede’ that caused the deaths of 45 people.
I’m still watching – it’s 9 hours long – so I don’t know what else I’ll find out, but you can clearly see the crowd is dancing and relaxed – and that the tragedy didn’t happen because people were streaming out of the Toldos Aharon complex.
At least, not before the deaths had already happened.
As always, very happy for you to join me in this quest for truth. The more people focus in on this, and ask Hashem to clarify what really happened, the faster the truth will come out.
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