Several New Yorkers were among the 45 people trampled to death in a horrifying “human avalanche” that started during a stampede at a religious celebration in Israel, reports said Friday.
Menachem Knoblowitz of Brooklyn was fatally crushed during a pilgrimage that drew thousands of people to Mount Meron on Thursday night, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Yosef Amram Tauber, who had traveled to Jerusalem from the upstate town of Monsey to study, was also killed at thIne Jewish holy site, the outlet reported.
Eliezer Josef, a 26-year-old father of four from Kiryas Joel, and Shragy Gestetner, a 33-year-old rabbinical scholar from upstate Airmont, also died at the site, according to recordonline.com.
Other victims include two pairs of Israeli brothers, the youngest of whom was 9 years old.
Menachem Knoblowitz (right), a Brooklyn native, was one of the victims at Mount Meron.simchaspot
As many as 100,000 people — many of them ultra-Orthodox men — were crammed onto the mountain compound