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Finally, we have video from the other side of the stairs in Meron, ‘Area 42’.

I just got sent this, and I’m uploading it here so you can see that most of the people who died were crushed on the RIGHT HAND side as you descend the ‘Shvil Reb Dov’ steps.

I have other footage, too, showing a gate in place there.

And I am going to spend the next day or so putting all of the information we’ve discovered together into a mini-documentary.

Once I’m done with that,

It will be clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that the police blocked BOTH sides of the ‘Shvil Reb Dov’ stairs, at exactly the same time, and deliberately caused the deaths of 45 people in Meron.

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And then the government-sponsored shills in the media – also in the so-called ‘chareidi’ media – helped them to cover it up, by spinning false stories about ‘stampedes’ and ‘fake heart attacks‘, and by suppressing eyewitness accounts that explained what really happened, and distorting the amateur video they were sent.

Of course, Channel 12 took the ‘fake news’ to a whole new level, and I’m seriously wondering if what that journalist and his team did could lead to prosecution for acting as ‘accessories to murder’?

Hopefully, we’ll find out.

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In the meantime, here is more video evidence of what was happening on the blocked RIGHT HAND exit from the ‘Reb Shvil Dov’ stairs, known as ‘Area 42’.

Again, viewer discretion is advised, as it’s not easy to watch.

And I’m sorry, in some ways, that I’m in a position of having to post these things up publically, in order to get to the truth.

But getting the truth out there has to be the priority, however difficult the process, and I’m praying the people who passed away – and their families – will forgive me. If I had another way of doing this, so that people would believe what really happened, I’d take that option.

But I don’t.

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Ask yourself: what stopped those poor people from being able to freely move down the stairs, on the RIGHT HAND side, aka Area 42?

What, were there two ‘heart attacks’ at once, at exactly the same time, on both the left and the right-hand sides of the ‘Reb Dov Shvil’ stairs?

Where is the official footage from the cameras on site showing what was happening on the RIGHT HAND side, Area 42 – an area that the Channel 12 ‘fake news’ didn’t even speak about, even though this is where most people were crushed to death?

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Here’s more footage showing what was going on in Area 42:

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Notice how there are NO POLICE helping to pull people out of the crush.

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I can’t even see any first-responders in this video.

We now have video showing the police were clearly blocking the exits on both sides of the fatal ‘crush’ at the bottom of the ‘Reb Dov Shvil’ stairs, at exactly the same time.

That’s not an accident, or negligence.

That’s pre-meditated murder.

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And as these two videos clearly show, the police were not helping to pull people out of the crush, or trying to save lives at that crucial time when literally every second counted.

As soon as dozens of people started dying, these police ‘disappeared’ off the scene.

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Here’s more video, taken immediately the morning after, that clearly shows at least one gate was in place down the stairs in Area 42.

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Take a look at 1:07 minutes – screenshotted below:

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OK, let’s sum up where we’ve got to, then BH I will try to put all this together as a video, and also as a PDF that can be printed out and mass-distributed, for people who aren’t online in the chareidi world.

We cannot let the police and the government officials who signed off on this get away with pre-meditated mass murder of 45 people in Meron on L’ag B’omer.

But we can only hold these people accountable for their horrendous crimes if we act together, with achdut.

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Here’s the (updated) facts of what happened in Meron, on L’ag B’omer.

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At sometime between oo:41:41 and 00:44, the police blocked the RIGHT HAND exit (‘Area 42’) with a gate.

Around that same time, a large group of police (at least nine of them) also came and stood at the LEFT HAND exit, and blocked that exit, too.

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It’s still unclear whether there was also a gate at the LEFT HAND exit, or whether the police was using pepper spray and threats of violence to keep people from leaving the ‘Reb Dov Shvil’ stairs from the left side.

You can see them – ridiculously! – pretending to ‘wave people’ back up the metal ramp, in the video below:

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Here’s a screenshot, from around the 10 second mark:

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Over the course of that 3-5 minute period, 45 people were crushed and asphyxiated to death – most of the fatalities occurred at the blocked RIGHT HAND exit, AKA ‘Area 42’.

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Let’s leave it there for now.

BH, with God’s help I’m going to pull all these details into one package now, and try to pin down the timing as exactly as I can.

And then, it’s on to the next stage of this process:

Bringing the guilty parties to justice.

TBC

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When I took the car up to Meron on Monday, I didn’t really know why I was going.

I mean, it was already three days after the disaster, what did I think I was going to find, or see, that hadn’t already been cleaned away or covered up?

But still, my heart was giving me no peace, and so I found myself arriving in Meron at approximately Monday lunchtime.

I was surprised to see it was still full of people, so much so that parking was difficult.

Somehow, I still got a spot right next to the complex, and then I set out to try to find out what I was actually doing there.

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I walked around the bleachers area first, where Toldos Aharon had lit their bonfire, and where 20,000 people had been pinned into an area with just one exit, instead of the four exits the Israel Fire and Rescue Association had recommended in their report.

There were still some of the police barriers at the top of the stairs leading down from Rashbi’s tomb, that they hadn’t managed to pack away yet.

I glared at them, then walked around all the bleachers, trying to see if any of them – or anything else at the back there – looked like it had ‘collapsed’, even a little bit, like all those strange media reports rushed to tell us had happened.

(More on that a little later.)

Nothing.

Everything looked sturdy, normal, solid.

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Then, I had no idea where the tragedy had actually occurred, and I wasn’t about to start asking people to show me.

That just didn’t seem appropriate.

So, I found a quiet corner inside the women’s section of Rashbi’s tomb, and decided to eat my sandwich, while I pondered what to do next.

God, I don’t know why you sent me here today, or what you want me to really ‘do’. I don’t even know where this place is, and I’m not going to ask. So, if you want me to find, or to do something, please show me. 

Otherwise, I’m just going to say some of the Rav’s ‘Perakim Nivcharim’ for the souls of the departed, and go home…

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I finished my sandwich, benched, then headed out the front of the complex.

An old lady was sat on a bench, chewing a boureka. She looked me up and down, then told me:

If you came to light a candle, it’s down there.

She pointed me down to the left side of the Rashbi complex, into a dark ‘tunnel’ of corrugated white metal that I only learnt afterwards was put up by the authorities ‘especially for L’ag B’omer’.

I walked down it, and I came to a small group of people, all chareidi, mostly men, who were standing at the bottom of the stairs and lighting candles for the souls of the departed.

I’d brought my camera, but it just didn’t seem ‘appropriate’ to start taking pictures then.

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There was a stillness, a heaviness, a sense of palpable yeoush, when I first got there.

I overheard one man telling his three young daughters a little of his experience being caught in that killer crush on L’ag B’omer, but when they started to ask questions, he sighed heavily and said let’s not speak of it any more.

A dagger went through my heart when I heard that, because if we DON’T speak about it, then the people who planned all this are going to win! They are going to get away with it again!

But I understood him.

So, feeling some of that yeoush myself, that there was nothing more to do there in Meron, I found somewhere to sit near to the steps, and I pulled out the ‘Perakim Nivcharim’.

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Three minutes later, a camera crew showed up accompanying a man who’d lost someone in the crush on L’ag B’omer, who had come to place a memorial candle.

The main reporter looked at me, and asked me if I was planning to be there for a while. I nodded. So then he whipped out his expensive camera tripod, and asked me to ‘keep it safe’ for him.

I kind of rolled my eyes at him – but OK. Whatever. 

All of a sudden, I got the idea in my head that something in the spiritual equation was changing, over there by the steps, and that some of the fire and passion and energy to NOT just roll over and let them keep killing religious Jews was sparking back up.

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All of a sudden, I heard voices raised, as a massive argument erupted between an older ‘dati leumi’ sightseer who was trying to tell three teenage boys who had been caught in the crush that night that ‘there was no barrier across the exit’.

There were other people there who’d also been in that murderous crush, and also seen people die in front of the faces because the exit had been blocked by the police – but that older dati leumi guy was having none of it.

The police would never do something like that!!! 

He kept screaming, totally enraged by the suggestion that the police had blocked the exit, and that’s what had killed the 45 martyrs.

How can you say such things about the police?!? You should be ashamed of yourselves, to be saying such things as this holy spot!!!

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An older man, a quiet type, who had also been there on the night came up and corroborated what the teens were telling the dati leumi guy:

There was a barrier here, my friend.

At that point, the dati leumi guy totally lost his cool, and stalked away muttering loud curses against all these people who were ‘speaking lashon hara and spreading sinat chinam’ against the police.

Why are you running away?! 

One of the teens called out after him.

Come back and listen to what he is telling you!!

But that was the very last thing the dati leumi guy wanted to do, because then his worldview of ‘the Israeli police’ – and probably a bunch of other things ‘State of Israel’ related – was going to come crashing down.

After 60+ years of brainwashing that the State of Israel, and its institutions, is only good, and only helpful, and only cares about the Jews…. Well.

You can see why he had to walk away, to preserve his sanity.

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At that point, I’d finished my tehillim.

And the camera guy had retrieved his tripod.

So, I came over to the teens, and to a couple of the older men standing there, and eavesdropped on their conversation, while I started to snap a few photos.

That’s where I heard first-hand accounts of people fainting – and then dying – while the police looked on.

Of kids throwing up and passing out, as their fathers begged for assistance, while the police looked on.

Of how more and more people had been sent down that already packed and dangerously overcrowded metal ramp, that no-one knew had been blocked by the police at the bottom.

And then standing there, hearing those first-hand accounts and seeing the place where it had all happened with my own eyes, it was obvious that they were telling the truth.

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The clarity of what had happened by the stairs that night suddenly blared out like a foghorn.

While I took a few more pictures, to share with my readers here on the blog, another camera crew from Channel 13 showed up, together with an assorted group of police officers, all in smartly pressed shirts and stiff uniforms.

This (very small….) group of police officers were being hailed as ‘heroes of Meron’ by the Channel 13 interviewer, who tried to position them by the steps where 45 people had been crushed and asphyxiated to death, thanks to the police.

Except, the interview kept getting interrupted by a very determined young yeshiva bochur, who kept repeating, loudly, the same mantra, over and over again.

Kol haKovod to the police who helped, and we love you as our brothers – but who put the barrier across the exit?

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The group didn’t like that question.

And they were also being heckled by the three teens who started calling them ‘murderers’ and ‘nazis’ – not exactly the ‘feel’ they were after for their ‘heroes of Meron’ interview – so they decided to try again, by heading further down to the bottom bleachers.

The determined young yeshiva bochur followed them down there, and that’s when I started to take pictures of this obviously staged and heavily-managed Channel 13 interview with the ‘heroes of Meron’ – all three of them.

(It’s a side point, but my daughter told me she didn’t see any police on the night helping to carry stretchers.

It was the first responders, helped by a lot of the bystanders. So it’s amazing Channel 3 managed to dig up a whole three ‘heroes of Meron’ in police uniform. But I digress.)

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Thanks to the heckling from the teens and the determined young yeshiva bochur, the Channel 13 TV crew had to keep changing locations, trying to find somewhere where they could shake them off.

They set up again, directly in front of the Rashbi complex – and at this point, the three heckling teenagers left the party.

Now, the Channel 13 TV crew were surrounded by lots of the sightseers who’d come down to light candles and see what had happened.

They were on more friendly territory again, surrounded by more of the dati leumi crowd who were raised to believe the State of Israel and its institutions are a holy, good ‘peel’ around the fruit.

This time, when the interviewer started again, with the ‘heroes of Meron’, there were at least three dati leumi people there trying to get the determined young yeshiva bochur to shut up:

Kol haKovod to the police who helped, and we love you as our brothers – but who put the barrier across the exit?

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Why are you saying that?! What’s your problem?! 

Some older dati leumi guy started screaming at him, before telling him he should take off his tefillin, because he wasn’t acting the way a religious Jew should.

Some other guy told him to stop bothering the TV crew, and the ‘heroes of Meron’, and to go back to learning Torah, instead.

Then, an Arab cleaner came up and told him:

Leave them alone, God will deal with them.

(Which was actually the most cogent argument out of all of the people trying to shut the yeshiva bochur up.)

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But now, the yeshiva bochur had really gotten under the skin of the Channel 13 TV crew.

I mean, the nerve of the guy.

There they were, trying to do an interview with the three police (out of who knows how many hundreds….) who’d actually made an effort to try to save some Jewish lives during the disaster on L’ag B’omer, and here was this guy, ruining it all, by asking a question about who had actually put the barrier across the exit that had directly lead to the deaths of 45 people.

I mean, c’mon!

What you are doing is a chillul Hashem!!! The Channel 13 interviewer screamed at the yeshiva bochur, while one of the cameraman actually tried to punch him.

In the meantime, the ‘heroes of Meron’ were starting to look increasingly uncomfortable, while the police handlers who were flanking them were just looking plain angry.

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The yeshiva bochur, to his credit, stood his ground, and just kept repeating over and over again:

Kol haKovod to the police who helped, and we love you as our brothers – but who put the barrier across the exit?

At that point, one of the older dati leumi guys who’d been trying to shut him up leaned over and said to one of the police handlers, a woman, the following:

Honestly, it’s a good question. Who did put the barrier across the exit? And why did they block the exit in the first place?

At that point, some of the angry arrogance in her face evaporated, and she started to look very uncomfortable.

There’s an answer to that question, she snapped back.

I’d also like to hear it,  I chimed in.

Who did put the barrier across the exit, and why did they do it?

The policewoman turned her back on us, throwing over her shoulder:

There is no-one here to talk to.

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And that, dear reader, is when I knew that this time around, the police, the government, are not going to be able to cover this up.

As the interview continued, another man walked past and called out angrily:

We know you are paying off the families of the victims, so they won’t lodge complaints against you.

And so, another piece of the puzzle slotted into place, as to why the ‘heroes of Meron’ were being welcomed into shiva homes where everyone was clearly very uncomfortable, and unhappy, that they were there, despite all the carefully choreographed shots of ‘grateful hugging’.

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While all this was going on, one of the quiet, elder men who had been caught in the deadly crush asked the Channel 13 crowd if they’d liked to interview him, about his experiences on the night.

Of course, they didn’t.

I mean, who wants to hear first-hand testimony from someone who saw with his own eyes how the police in Meron deliberately blocked the one exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex, in the middle of a segment about the ‘heroes of Meron’?!

What was the man thinking?

How could he think that these journalists from Channel 13 were interested in getting to the truth?

Tut tut.

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Today, as I write this, I know that there is still an uphill battle ahead of us, to get the real story out there.

But I can feel in my bones that this time, IT WILL GET OUT THERE.

My email is full of people bringing their own piece of the puzzle to this attempt to find clarity and justice.

Too many people are asking questions, too many people can’t sleep at night, too many stories are leaking out about what the police did, and didn’t do that night in Meron.

The desperate ‘spin’ will continue for a little while longer, but I can tell you one thing about our craven media:

As soon as they realise that the general public is not buying their lies anymore, they will instantly ‘switch sides’, in an attempt to save their own credibility (and jobs….).

We aren’t there yet, but I’m starting to see the beginning of that process, in some of the pieces I’m reading, and some of the stories that are starting to make it into the mainstream.

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If ‘the media’ becomes irrelevant – if more of us wake up and realise that they are just government-sponsored propagandists, paid to manipulate the gullible public – then they will be out of a job.

And things are stretched so far in that direction now with the ‘story’ they’ve been telling about Meron, they will have to ping back hard and fast, if they want to keep being able to fool us, that they at least sometimes tell the truth.

There is blood in the water now.

The police and the politicians and everyone else who planned murder in Meron this year will be exposed, and justice will be done for the 45 victims.

It’s just a matter of time.

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Kol haKovod to the police who helped, and we love you as our brothers – but who put the barrier across the exit?

And why?

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UPDATE:

Israel National News put up this article this morning (for 5 minutes…):

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Snippet:

In documentation obtained by Channel 13 News, ambulances can be seen evacuating the injured, but not allowed to return and treat other injured people who are still at the compound. “We were not allowed to enter the site, the police blocked us,” the paramedics claimed.

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And more first-hand testimony is coming out, that the single exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex was blocked by 10 burly policemen, who were pushing people back up the stairs and the ramp, just before the ‘disaster’ (in Hebrew):

https://go.bhol.co.il/31eLuS

Google translated snippet:

“[Q]uite a few dozen seconds after we passed the entrance to the path, a lot of policemen and at least one policewoman came to the entrance to the path and blocked the exit.

Anyone who knows this area at the time of L’ag B’Omer, this year and every year knows that police officers do not walk around in the mehadrin area at all [i.e. the area cordoned off for just men]… And certainly there are no policewomen in the whole area.

Suddenly at least 10 policemen appeared in one shot?!?! They were at the ‘disaster’ long before the first responders and Magen Dovid Adam !! And after the disaster – most of them (not all!) did not reach out at all… they were not determined and urgent to help, to say the least.”

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Even regular visitors to Meron have been struggling to understand how 45 people could be asphyxiated to death there.

***More important updates below***

UPDATE:

There is a new video with new footage of what happened, that needs careful analysis.

PLEASE GO AND SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, HERE:

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The timings on the slides below appear to be wrong – the crush built up much faster, and seems to have been caused by 10 policemen and at least one policewoman blocking the exit, with or without gates.

The footage is conveniently ‘cut’ at the crucial part that would show why people suddenly stopped on the stairs.

You can see it for yourself HERE:

https://www.mako.co.il/news-israel/2021_q2/Article-249099ac79d3971026.htm

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I’d been poring over media accounts for three days, and still couldn’t really understand how this was meant to have happened. So yesterday morning, I grabbed my camera and decided I had to go and see things for myself, to see if that would bring a bit more clarity to the picture.

In this post, I’m going to first bring the cold, hard facts – as much as they are knowable, with so many big parts of the puzzle still missing.

And then maybe in a different post, I’ll tell you more about some of the interesting things that were going on up in Meron, and more of what I heard from some of the people there.

Ready?

Let’s do it.

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Identifying where the deaths occurred.

I’ve seen so many pictures of stairs next to white sheet metal fencing – that I totally didn’t recognise. So, the first job was to go and actually find the place where the 45 Meron Martyrs were killed al kiddush Hashem.

(More on how that actually happened below, after we get the cold, hard facts set down).

The following stills come from THIS drone footage of Meron, shot on April 30th, 2021.

(I’m working on doing this as a short video, too, if I can figure it out – see the update below.)

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How 45 people died in Meron, on L’ag B’omer 2021:

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That’s how it happened.

Now, we can make more sense of the videos I posted up here in previous articles. Let’s explain them clearly, so you really get what happened beyond the shadow of a doubt, and can’t be misled by any more MSM-government-sponsored lies and ‘spin’.

This video below first shows the exit that was blocked.

It also seems to show that one Border Policeman had enough of a neshama to start trying to rip down the metal sheeting right next to the blocked exit, to try to relieve the pressure and give people more space.

But notice other policemen standing at the bottom of the stairs, still holding the crowds back.

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Next, you see the ‘river’ of visitors coming down the fenced-in path with the metal ramp.

I suspect that fencing was also put up around the sides just for this L’ag B’Omer, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.

But you can clearly see from the drone footage, above, that usually this area was all open air.

So why close it in?

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Next, the video goes to an overhead view, looking down at the stairs from the building above it, where you can see how people have now ‘collapsed’ down the stairs and been crushed to death.

This occurred after the police removed the barriers blocking the exit, which caused hundreds of people to topple down on each other.

You can see one or two ‘regular’ police at this point trying to pull people out of the pile, together with a few first responders.

But all those big, burly ‘Border Police’ guys who were blocking the exit have now left the area.

Why didn’t they stay, to try to rescue more of the people who had been crushed and asphyxiated to death?

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Now that we’ve pinned this information down, there are more questions to be answered.

According to this eyewitness account, below, two police pulled a double-gate across this exit at approximately 12:30am.

(The audio is very quiet, but if you can listen to what he’s saying, it’s very useful information.)

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The gate was still in place almost half an hour later, at approximately 1am.

That means that the police let the crush build up on the metal ramp for approaching half an hour before the deaths occurred, without making any public announcement that people should try to find a different exit.

Why?

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UPDATE:

Menachem Engel, the guy in the video above, contacted me to make it clear that he is not saying and doesn’t know if the gates were still in place at almost 1am. I’m happy to include this information.

And I also want to include this information, from another eye-witness, that was reported in Hebrew HERE,  that the single exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex was blocked by 10 burly policemen, plus at least one policewoman who were pushing people back up the stairs and the ramp, just before the ‘disaster’ (in Hebrew):

https://go.bhol.co.il/31eLuS

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Google translated snippet:

“[Q]uite a few dozen seconds after we passed the entrance to the path, a lot of policemen and at least one policewoman came to the entrance to the path and blocked the exit.

Anyone who knows this area at the time of L’ag B’Omer, this year and every year knows that police officers do not walk around in the mehadrin area at all [i.e. the area cordoned off for just men]… And certainly there are no policewomen in the whole area.

Suddenly at least 10 policemen appeared in one shot?!?!

They were at the ‘disaster’ long before the first responders and Magen Dovid Adam !! And after the disaster – most of them (not all!) did not reach out at all… they were not determined and urgent to help, to say the least.”

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Another thing that Menachem Engel states – corroborated by many others – is that the Toldos Aharon plaza was unusually and uncomfortably crowded, and that he felt ‘trapped’ in the complex as soon as he entered it.

Other eye-witnesses have said that the police blocked other exits out the Toldos Aharon plaza, leaving ‘Reb Dov Shvil’ – the metal ramp – as pretty much the only exit out of the area.

According to the eyewitness above, he was told by a ‘mystery chassid’ to try to find another route out of the Toldos Aharon Complex because there was so much overcrowding at the blocked exit.

He only managed to do that because he was joined by a group of 40 yeshiva bochurs who managed to ‘fight their way out’ of the crowds to go up past the bleachers, and to exit via the area containing the ‘back bleachers’ at the top of this picture:

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Let’s try to sum up the list of specific questions here, to keep this as simple as possible:

1.Why were all other exits out of the Toldos Aharon complex blocked off by the police?

2. Why was the only real exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex blocked by gates for half an hour, while more and more people joined the crush on the metal ramp? –

UPDATE: More information is coming out about how the exit was blocked. It could have been gates, initially, but it could also have been the group of 10 policemen, plus at least one policewoman, who showed up shortly before the ‘disaster’ and physically prevented the crowds from leaving the steps.

3. Who gave the order for that exit to be blocked?

4. Why was that order given?

5. Why was no public announcement made to tell people that the exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex had been blocked?

6. If you are going to tell me that the police closed the exit to prevent more people entering the plaza to ‘prevent overcrowding’, why wasn’t the gate set up at the top of the metal ramp, instead of by the bottom at the stairs?

7. Why was that whole area enclosed with white metal sheeting on the morning of L’ag B’omer, making a narrow, confined space even more narrow and confined?

(Especially in ‘Covid times’, when the authorities have been making a big distinction between ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ areas?)

8. Why did the police refuse to acknowledge that they had blocked the main exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex – and instead tried to blame the disaster on a mythical ‘stampede’ that never happened?

9. Why, immediately after the disaster at 1am, did the police put a message out on the public announcement system that everyone should leave the Rashbi complex immediately – which only added to the crush at all the blocked exits, and prevented ambulances from being able to drive up to the site of the fatalities?

(That’s why we saw so many pictures of people being carried out by hand on stretchers, then taken a long way down the mountain by people running with them – the ambulances couldn’t get up to the site.)

10. What other structures were built, what other bottlenecks were created, what other exits were blocked by the police at Meron before L’ag B’omer, to create so much dangerous and unusual overcrowding in the area?

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There are way, way more questions about what happened.

We’ll get to those another time.

But in this post, I’m focussing-in specifically on the circumstances that led to the deaths of those 45 Meron Martyrs.

I’ve learned from experience that it’s when we focus in on the details, the nitty-gritty, that the truth inevitably starts to shake out.

I know they say the devil is in the detail, but invariably, I’ve found that the truth is in the detail – and once you pin the details down, they just can’t spin their lies about what happened in quite the same way.

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BH, we’ve made a lot of progress since Friday, in figuring out what really went on here.

Now, that this part of the equation is figured out, we can turn more of our attention to who made these deadly decisions, who enforced them – and who stood to benefit from a ‘mass casualty’ event in Meron this year.

Make no mistake: this time around all of these questions will be answered.

And the people responsible for the murder in Meron will finally be exposed.

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UPDATE:

On the Ynet (fake…) news site they had this article, about the safety report about the Toldos Aharon complex ahead of L’ag B’Omer:

Snippet:

Meron event organizers ignored major safety report days before disaster

Report ordered organizers of the festivities at the Toldos Aharon compound, where the stampede occured, to have 4 passageways if the number of participants exceeds 9,000; 20,000 were inside when stampede occured but only one exit was open.

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That Ynet report is trying to shift the blame for the deaths to the Toldos Aharon chassidut.

But what I want to know is, who was responsible for deciding there should be only one exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex?

I don’t believe that the Toldos Aharon chassidut would only want one exit in and out of their complex – how would that be helpful to them, and their followers?

So who made that decision, in stark contravention of this report that there should be at least 4 exits?

And then, who made the decision to close the only exit out of the Toldos Aharon complex, and who else signed off on it?

Once we know that, I think we’ll know a lot more.

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UPDATE 2: THE VIDEO

In a minute and a half, you can now grasp what the MSM / government / police have all failed to explain to us over the last 4 days, namely how this ‘tragedy’ really occurred.

BH, I’m working on doing this in Hebrew, too, so the truth can get out there:

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UPDATE 3:

I got this comment from the eyewitness in the video above, who wanted to make it clear that he doesn’t say / doesn’t know if the gates were still in place half an hour later.

I’m after the truth here, so I’m very happy to keep updating the information as more of it comes to light. And I’m very happy to see the new footage on Channel 12, that apparently shows there were no barriers.

Which means, of course, all these poor people on the steps suddenly stopped there for no reason at all, and voluntarily suffocated and crushed themselves to death….

Doesn’t it?

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Menachem Engel says:(Edit)

Hi. I’m the guy in the video you posted in this article. I really want to make it clear that I state in the video that I dont know if the barriers were still up 30 minutes later. I don’t know why you would twist my words like that. New footage has come out tonight that shows there were no police barricades there. check channel 12 news. Thank you.

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UPDATE 4:

This is in Hebrew, but Google translate does a good enough job of giving you the gist. It sets out in detail how the regular exits in and out of the ‘Toldos Aharon’ complex were blocked this L’ag B’omer, in the name of ‘Coronavirus Restrictions’.

While the Health Ministry put no limits – at all! – on the number of people travelling to Uman this year; and as far as I could see, there weren’t even the regular park n’ ride facilities in place this year to help regulate the crowds, what they did do is block off every exit to the ‘Toldos Aharon’ complex with fences, leaving just the ‘Shvil Reb Dov’ exit – which was known from previous years to be dangerously overcrowded, even with the other exits open.

https://hm-news.co.il/153013/

That article is apparently based on hundreds of eye-witness testimonies.

I was going to bring one of the comments on that article, which brings more information and raises a bunch more disturbing ideas, but I realised it’s making this post too long. So I will do a new post with that information instead, BH.

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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.

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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.

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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:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-is-toldot-aharon-hassidic-sect-whose-members-were-killed-at-meron-666808

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.

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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.”

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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?

  1. 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.”
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All of the videos I saw so far in the MSM showed the fenced off exit you can see in this video, below:

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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:

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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.

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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.”

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Really?

The police were practising a mass casualty event involving ‘a collapse of stands (bleachers)’ the week before this tragedy occurred?

Fancy that.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.”

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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.

TBC

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UPDATE:

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.

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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.

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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:

‘Police came with fire in their eyes’

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.

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UPDATE #2:

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.

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UPDATE #3:

Police blocking an ambulance from entering Meron:

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UPDATE #4:

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.

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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?

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UPDATE #5:

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.]

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“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.”

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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.’”

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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.

TBC

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UPDATE 6:

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.

They weren’t.

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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Ten minutes ago, I got back from Meron.

***Update: Video of police blocking the exit in Meron, below***

Or at least, I got back from trying to be in Meron. We left at 1.30am, and the plan was to get there for around 4.00 ish so we could catch the last bonfires and daven the sunrise minyan.

At around 2.30am, I got a frantic phone call from my daughter, who had got a job as a sadranit in the tomb of Rashbi this year.

Her job was to move the crowds of women in the kever along, so no-one would stay more than a few minutes inside.

She – sadly – had a birds’ eye view of everything that was happening outside.

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I had no idea that anything was going on.

The first thing I knew was when my daughter called me up sobbing hysterically that ‘lots of people had got mashed outside’ and 15 people (at that point) had died.

What? What are you saying?

She tried to explain that people had got crushed in ‘the new way that the police built’ – and I was really struggling to understand what she was saying.

But as soon as I understood that the police had built a new, blocked off ‘way’, and that’s where people had been crushed to death – I felt in my bones that whatever had happened in Meron, this was no accident.

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Yesterday, before I went up, I read a bunch of yucky warnings from the Israeli government bemoaning how they wouldn’t be able to enforce their ‘green passports’ in Meron, and making ominous statements like this:

A senior official involved in preparing the plan for Lag Ba’omer on Thursday told Kan News that, “Anyone going to Meron needs to know that his blood is on his own head, and that he may be exposed to coronavirus patients who are walking around unsupervised.”

Even in Covid-19 world, the statements sounded totally OTT and melodramatic.

Now, I’m wondering if it wasn’t someone trying to warn people away because they knew what was going to go down there.

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So we’re driving up in half-stunned silence, when my friend in the USA starts texting me updates.

What actually happened? I asked her, as our cars always seem to have difficulty picking up the radio, even when I want them to.

The bleachers collapsed, she wrote back.

Ah. That made more sense…. I know Meron well, and I just couldn’t understand how so many people – at that point 30 – could be crushed to death the way it’s normally configured – at least not outside the tomb itself.

Then I was thinking about it, and I thought:

How would the bleachers collapse, just like that? They are permanent structures?

Again, the horrible thought arose that what had happened couldn’t be an accident.

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On the approach to Karmiel, where we usually park n’ ride, we passed a convoy of around 12 ambulances, one after another, with lights blaring, on the other side of the road.

That’s when the tragedy started to get real for me, and I started to feel pretty sad.

In the meantime, I had more texts coming in from various people, and was checking on another teen in my home who’d gone up to Meron.

Thank God he was OK, physically, but he was caught in the middle of the crush and found himself stepping on other people.

As soon as I finish typing, I’m doing a pidyon nefesh for him, and for my daughter, to hopefully avert any massive PTSD trauma from experiencing all this.

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There was a lot of weird stuff going on.

Usually, you can’t get past Karmiel on the 85 into Meron, but while their were police cars on the road, they didn’t stop us.

Or anyone else.

So, we travelled on to Tsfat, and arranged to try and meet our daughter there, once the transportation out of Meron would start up again.

In the car on the way, I got another text from my friend in the USA:

Do you think this was planned by the government?

> Yes.

It just came to me after I lit my candles for the souls of those killed.

> It was my first thought.

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My husband counselled me not to jump to conclusions, but my heart was whispering to me all night that this was no accident.

In Tsfat, we drove down to the old cemetery, and I went to say some Pirchei Nevorchim for the people who were dead and injured.

Or at least, I tried to.

For the first 20 minutes or so, I just felt kind of numb.

I was watching all the blue and red lights whizz up and down the road leading from Tsfat to Meron. In the dark, they really stood out.

Then, a group of chareidi men started trying to dance and sing a little, on the men’s side, and I had such mixed feelings about that, even though I know Rabbenu teaches that dancing cancels the harsh decrees.

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As I was sitting there pondering all this, I got another text from my friend in the USA:

It’s a privilege to dance before the fire of Hashem. I think we need to dance before Hashem more.

How did she know, what I was looking at right then, and what I was thinking?

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As the sun started to rise, I had the Ari pretty much to myself, as all the men went to daven netz.

I was in text contact with the teenagers stuck in Meron, and as the magnitude of what had happened sunk in a bit more – and what they both saw and witnessed – I started davening fervently that they shouldn’t have any long-lasting PTSD from all this.

And that somehow, this horrible incident should lead to some ‘healing’ for them, and for Am Yisrael, and not more pain and heartache and destruction.

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It took my kid more than 3 hours to make the short trip between Meron and Tsfat.

The buses were jammed on the road, hardly moving.

When she finally showed up, I just gave her a big hug, as she settled down in the back of the car to sleep.

She didn’t want to talk, just sleep.

It’s an escape route from reality.

I totally get it.

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In the car on the way home, more texts arrived from other friends who knew we were going up to Meron, checking we were OK.

And also telling me that no bleachers had collapsed after all.

So, what really happened?

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That argument will probably continue to rage for the next few weeks.

But here’s what I read when I came home and logged on to see ‘official news reports’ of the tragedy:

Some of the pilgrims blamed the police for locking the gatherers in closed off areas, and essentially creating the crowd that then led to the stampede. 
“A policeman saw the crowd but instead of opening an escape path for people, he threatened them with pepper spray,” Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Yossi Daitch who was at the scene told the Behadrei Hadarim website. 
And THIS:
United Hatzalah CEO Eli Pollack told The Jerusalem Post that the incident occurred when large crowds of people streamed into a closed-in complex, crushing dozens of people against fences
Two hours before the unfathomable mass casualty occurred, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Yossi Deitsch warned the police that a tragedy was imminent, B’Chadrei Chareidim reported.

Deitsch told B’Chadrei that he took part in the Boyaner hadlaka two hours before the tragedy and already then he felt the dangerous crushing force of the crowd. “I was being crushed in an unprecedented manner,” he said.

Due to the crowding, he decided to give up on his usual custom of standing and davening at the western entrance, next to the area where the tragedy occurred, and returned home early.

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44 people were crushed to death against ‘new fences’ that the Israeli Police erected in Meron, that weren’t there in previous years.

Every year, half a million people go to Meron – and it’s been that way for at least the last 5-6 years, and this never happened before.

Ma nishtana, halilah ha-zeh?

The new fences that the police erected, to pin visitors in like so many fish in a barrel, which totally changed the usual layout of the area.

And even when they were warned earlier in the evening by the deputy mayor of Jerusalem that this new situation they’d created was very dangerous, and leading to ‘unprecedented’ crowding – they totally ignored him, and let the inevitable tragedy occur.

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So you tell me:

Was this an accident, or was it pre-meditated murder?

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God.

I’m so sick of the evil people running this country, and ruining this world.

I’m so sick of their evil, murderous vendetta against religious Jews and authentic Judaism.

Tatty, please.

I have no idea how this is going to affect my kid, and the other teen in my house that witnessed it first hand, and I’m already worrying about that.

It’s enough already.

Please turn all this horrible suffering around for the good, now.

We can’t take it any more.

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UPDATE:

More facts are coming out, that show the police deliberately created the situation that led to the carnage.

The only question is whether it’s manslaughter or pre-meditated murder.

See THIS:

“More than one person recounted that they saw police block off one end of the passageway to prevent further crowding. The fatal result was that the people inside the passageway were crushed to death….

“…One witness from Beit Shemesh recounted incriminating information about the police in a radio interview:

The whole time there were people passing through and everything was going smoothly. Suddenly there was terrible crowding. I looked up and saw five police officers who were simply standing there and stopping people from passing.

“People begged, cried, screamed that they’re going to die, that they can’t breathe, but they didn’t open the passageway. Children were fainting in their parents’ arms. When the police finally allowed people through, everyone collapsed one on top of the other.”

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It’s very hard to explain this as just ‘negligence’.

You don’t block exits, and refuse to let people out of confined spaces, and threaten them with pepper spray if you’re trying to ‘prevent overcrowding’.

My daughter told me more details of what was going on that are very hard to explain or justify, in terms of how you would manage a situation if you were trying to save people’s lives, and not just trying to add to the crush and the confusion.

Like, for example, the police ordering all of the pilgrims to leave the Kever, all at once, and to head towards the exits, all at once.

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This was not just the tragedy of ‘Toldos Aharon’.

They are starting to release the names, and so far, each person has belonged to a different community, a different city – even a different country.

This was mamash the tragedy of all of Am Yisrael.

And from the ashes of this very bitter L’Ag B’Omer, our nation will rise with renewed strength, with renewed achdut, and with a renewed determination to finally ‘destroy the evil within our midst’ once and for all.

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UPDATE #2: VIDEO OF POLICE BLOCKING THE EXIT IN MERON

This video is already being flagged as ‘inappropriate’ – the first stage to them trying to remove it. So, if you can’t view it on Youtube, below, I’m also uploading it straight on the site.

It’s very upsetting, to see how the police caused this situation to happen, be warned.

But we can’t duck the truth. We have to face it head on – because otherwise, they will just keep doing what they are doing to religious Jews in Israel.

And I don’t want to see any more people being killed.

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UPDATE #4: THIS IS WHAT THEY WERE AIMING AT, ALL ALONG:

“We need to close the holy site and limit the number of people.”

The State of Israel is waging an all-out war against religious Jews, and our beliefs and practices.

It’s going after everything holy.

But from all this, something very good is going to sprout.

Soon.

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