Solidarity and Antisemitism sound off in wake of Mount Meron tragedy

Rachel Brooks

April 30, 2021 

Above image shared to social media, shared here for fair use illustration, shows a shaken Israel in the wake of the Galilee stampede.

When a stampede at a religious festival in Israel killed 45 worshippers, the world shared its sorrow. The New York Times reported that 45 people had been killed, while NPR news reported that “dozens were crushed and scores were injured.” The number of the injured was estimated at 150. The chaos stampede occurred at a religious  bonfire festival at Mount Meron on Friday morning.

Reuters reports that medics are working to identify the dead in the wake of the tragedy. Children were counted among the dead. 

Israel’s friends and her enemies were highlighted in the wake of the Mount Meron stampede, as hoards of Twitter users took to their screens to make light of the events. Yet, friends of the Gulf nation expressed solidarity. MenaFN via Trend News reported that the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs was among those to express sadness at the events.

“We are very saddened by news on tragic accident at mass Lag B’Omer event in Mount Meron. We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims of this terrible incident, as well as to the Government and People of Israel. We wish speedy recovery to all injured,’ said the statement,” wrote Trend.

Still, the outcry of Israels enemies stung the ears of Jews around the world as many took to Twitter to celebrate the stampede.

“We want to vomit,” wrote the staff of StopAntisemitism.org.

Twitter user accounts and news agencies alike joined in the chorus of the antisemitic cheers.

“Made my night 10000000%.”

“About time we got some good news.”

“Even the bridge wants them dead,” wrote one, in reference to the bridge collapse at the ceremony which was being held in Israel’s northern region of Galilee.

Despite the antisemitic wave on Twitter, the Abrahamic religious world met the Jewish state with respect and condolences.

“Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference, has written to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to extend the deepest sympathies of the Catholic Community in England and Wales after the Mount Meron tragedy in northern Israel,” wrote Independent Catholic News, noting that a national day of mourning would commence in Israel on May 2.

The Archibishop of Westminster wrote a letter of condolences to Israel, wrote International Catholic News”
“I was deeply saddened by the news of the tragedy that has occurred at Mount Meron.

I would like to assure you of the prayers and condolences of the Catholic Community in England and Wales.

We pray for the eternal repose of all who have died. We extend our deepest sympathy to those who mourn and to all who have been affected in any way by this terrible tragedy.

Yours very sincerely,

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster”