The Arab towns offer food and drink to the survivors of Meron; hundreds donate blood in Tel Aviv
Local Arab villages set up stations to deliver food and drink to evacuees from the Meron disaster site on Friday morning, as hundreds of people lined up to donate blood in Tel Aviv.
Media report that residents of neighboring villages and towns in northern Israel have set up stations with free food and drink for the thousands of Jewish worshipers who are still trying to get out of the mountainous Meron region as a result. of the tragedy that lasted the night.
According to Yoseph Haddad, an Arab Israeli activist, initiatives to help the evacuees have been launched in Tamra, Jish, Yarka and Peki’in.
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Radi Najm, mayor of the Druze town of Beit Jan, near Mount Meron, said his town has opened its facilities and many families have opened their homes to evacuees and disaster rescuers.
âThe people of Beit Jan and the local council join in the grief of the entire nation,â Najm said in a statement. âThey open up their homes and council facilities to offer all the help they can. I ordered the [townâs] emergency services to provide all necessary assistance to rescue teams. Residents are ready to receive evacuees and families from the disaster area. ”
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Arab leaders have expressed their sadness at the tragedy.
Joint List chief Ayman Odeh spoke of “heartbreak” for the dozens of “torn and bereaved” families. He said he was encouraged to see Jews and Arabs working together to respond to the disaster, calling it “a little ray of light in the great tragedy.”
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Joint List deputy Ahmad Tibi tweeted “a terrible catastrophe” and his “deep sorrow for those who died on the day they came to celebrate”.
Raam leader Mansour Abbas sent his condolences to those bereaved amid his “difficult feelings in the face of the terrible disaster”.
Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, hundreds of Israelis lined up to donate blood at Magen David Adom’s mobile units in iconic Rabin Square, after the organization appealed for anyone to come. help in the aftermath of the deadly rush.
“I’m number three hundred and something, and I think they see number 100 now, so I have a long wait ahead of me,” a man who waits to donate blood told Channel 12 News. .
A woman told the outlet that she had waited two hours to donate, but felt it was important to stay.
According to Channel 12, Magen David Adom had planned to close the units in the early afternoon, but decided to stay open as hundreds of locals waited in the sun to donate.
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Tel Aviv also plans to light up the municipality’s building with the Star of David on Saturday night, in solidarity with the victims and their families.
At least 45 people were crushed to death and more than 150 injured, many in critical condition, in the tragedy which began to unfold around 1 a.m. on Friday.
Tens of thousands of people had gathered at Mount Meron in northern Galilee for an annual pilgrimage around the tomb of the second century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai. Army radio reported that children were among the dead and injured.
Visiting the site of the Meron disaster, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Sunday would be marked as a national day of mourning.