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Rescue workers and police at the Muslim stampede outside Mecca.

At least 717 Muslims were killed and hundreds of others injured in a stampede near Mecca Thursday on the last day of the hajj pilgrimage festival of Eid al-Adha.

At least 40 of the dead are from Iran. Israel said it is not aware of any casualties of its Arab Muslim citizens.


Two million Muslims are in the Mecca area, and today’s stampede occurred in a tent city in the city of Mina, outside of Mecca.

Saudi authorities had taken measures to prevent a repeat of a similar stampeded in 2006, when 346 people were killed. The kingdom spent $1 billion to build a five-story structure to enable 300,000 pilgrims an hour to perform the stone-throwing ritual.

The ceremony is one of several Islam’s perversions of the Torah. Islamic tradition teaches that Avraham tried to stone the devil at three different locations, including Mina, while trying to convince God that he should not sacrifice his son Ishmael.

The Bible, of course, records that the entire episode concerning the near-sacrifice of Avraham’s son refers to Yitzchak (Isaac), who was the next generation as the forefather of the Jewish people destined to inherit the Land of Israel.

There is no Biblical reference to throwing rocks at the devil or anyone else except for those convicted for sins.

However, rock-throwing among Muslims is popular in Israel, apparently as a continuation of the custom of the hajj where stones are thrown at the devil, known to them today as Jews.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. They were casting out the "devils," and I'm not referring to Jewish devils such as yourself. This is the analogous ritual to Kapporot, except in this case, Muslims rather than chickens were killed. Both practices are incredibly stupid and demean both Judaism and Islam. But to compare this with throwing rocks at Jews is equally idiotic.

    You're a certified rectal orifice, Tzvi.

  2. They are Hashem’s children just as we are. A parent hurts when harm befalls a child. So, too, Hashem suffers when any of His children are hurt. True, we don’t like their dastardly actions but we learn from the Torah to treat our enemies like we treat our friends. Never wish harm to anyone. Instead just pray that all human beings embrace personal and global peace.

  3. in a unicorn land – okay, I’ll buy into that. So let’s quote Ecclesiastes: A time for war. Let’s go for Psalm 137: the last parts: Remember, O LORD, against the children of Edom
    The day of Jerusalem;
    Who said: ‘Rase it, rase it,
    Even to the foundation thereof.’
    O daughter of Babylon, that art to be destroyed;
    Happy shall he be, that repayeth thee
    As thou hast served us.
    Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones
    Against the rock.

  4. May Allah forgive you all…if you expect the exact narration of life in the bible then you'll wait till you die…christianity is a cooked up religion with no authentic sources, trust me i was once a christian….lol Jews are so insecure, the ritual isnt mocking you guys…so saad may all be guided to the straight path

  5. The IDF did not kill this many in the last two years. Perhaps, Israel tourism agencies should encourage their Arab neighbors to have several "haj's" per year. The next time the Arabs gather in large numbers have an F16 fly over and drop a pig in the middle of the crowd.

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