Stranded Israelis in Nepal say locals ‘growing violent’

Nepalese army personnel clear the debris of a collapsed house as they carry out rescue operations following Saturday’s earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Israeli hikers stranded in Nepal urged their parents on Monday afternoon to press the Foreign Ministry to accelerate rescue efforts, saying their lives were in immediate danger.

According to Channel 2, a group of hikers stranded in a decimated village sent an urgent appeal to their relatives, saying the local Nepalis had “grown violent” after the Israelis took food.

“We need to be rescued immediately. The local Nepalis have grown violent because we took food from a village that collapsed,” Shahar Zakai, who is with dozens of other Israelis, wrote to his brother.

Naama Shohat wrote to her mother that a hiker in her group is suffering from a head wound that is becoming infected, the Ynet news site reported. She described the area as hazardous and said there were boulders all around, and rockslides “every few minutes”…

Related: First Israeli plane carrying survivors of Nepal quake lands

Indian helicopters, Israeli hospitals and Malaysian medics: How the world is coming to Nepal’s aid

A large number of photos at the Daily Mail, here and here. They also have pictures of the destructions at Everest Base Camp, which was flattened by an avalanche caused the quake, killing eighteen.

More news on rescue attempts at Everest. A part of the route was wrecked by the avalanches and climbers are stranded above.  Cell service has been knocked out by the quake.  The linked report calls it the worst disaster in the mountain’s history.  The news is changing fast: another report says Helicopters Rescue 180 Climbers From 20,000 Feet Up Everest


  • FactsWillOut

    Taking stuff from ruins is called “looting”, and in WW2 England, looters were shot on sight.
    Taking stuff from places that aren’t ruins is called “theft”.

    • Rosenmops

      They were probably starving.

      • FactsWillOut

        So what?
        I’m sure the folk who owned the food had their own problems as well.
        Looting and theft is looting and theft. There are no excuses.

        • Frau Katze

          I think things are a tad different after a huge earthquake takes out authority, phone, roads, you name it. That’s why there have been groups who sent immediate help.

  • MannieP

    “Took food? They were looting?

    • FactsWillOut

      Either looting or stealing.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The way this was reported sounds really weird.
    Did they take some food? ‘All the food’ from a “collapsed” village? The entire village “collapsed” and so they (the Nepalese) didn’t need the food anymore?
    This must be a translation issue.

    • FactsWillOut

      I’m sure that the locals got violent just because they’re Jews, right?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I hope that isn’t the case, but it looks like they might be trying to report it that way. I wonder what the residents have to say. It’s very possible that after having your village collapse, one might be less than charitable to outsiders of any stripe. I just can’t tell from this story.

        • FactsWillOut

          If said outsiders started helping to clear rubble, clean up, etc, I’m sure there wouldn’t be any problems.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It was quite recently that some nutritionist was touting the healthful benefits of yak meat, which contains omega-3, as opposed to beef cattle, which does not. A yak fits the criteria of a kosher animal.

    Meanwhile, it appears that Bob Seger has had to postpone his vacation.

  • Did they take the food or were they given food?

    Things are slightly unclear.

    • Frau Katze

      From what I can gather it’s chaos at the moment.