Even regular visitors to Meron have been struggling to understand how 45 people could be asphyxiated to death there.
***More important updates below***
There is a new video with new footage of what happened, that needs careful analysis.
PLEASE GO AND SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, HERE:
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:
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.
Let’s do it.
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.)
How 45 people died in Meron, on L’ag B’omer 2021:
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.
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?
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?
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.)
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.
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):
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.”
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:
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?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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….
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