After a tragic incident in Mount Meron, Israel, where 45 people were killed and 150 were injured in a stampede, acts of kindness are on full display. In Tel Aviv, hundreds of Israelis lined up to donate blood. Local Arab villages set up stations to offer free food and drink to evacuees from the site of the disaster at Meron on Friday morning. A local leader, Ayman Odeh, said he was heartened to see Jews and Arabs working together to respond to the disaster, calling it “a small ray of light in the great tragedy.” The stampede happened at Mount Meron, which is the traditional site for festivities for the Lag B’Omer holiday, an annual event where participants sing, dance and light fires in homage to second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at his burial site.

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