Via track and photos, Israel commemorated the 364 killed and round 40 taken hostage Oct. 27 whereas at a music pageant within the Negev Desert. The occasion was placed on on the website of the lethal assault.
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Probably the most chilling episodes of the October 7 assault on Israel was when Hamas militants attacked and killed a whole lot of unsuspecting younger individuals at a rave social gathering within the Negev desert. At the moment, an occasion was held on that very same spot as a manner to assist individuals heal. NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley was there and sends this.
(SOUNDBITE OF ASHER SWISSA AND MOR AVRAHAMI (FEAT. NARKIS) SONG, “IM NIN’ALU”)
NARKIS: (Singing in non-English language).
ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: In a small clearing close to a eucalyptus forest, a lone disc jockey performs on his mixer board up on a stage. There aren’t any concertgoers. His crowd is a sea of posterboard faces atop poles. These are the faces of the 364 concertgoers who Hamas militants killed right here and the greater than 36 who have been taken hostage.
ASHER SWISSA: My identify is Asher Swissa. My DJ identify is Skazi. It isn’t bloodbath solely of individuals. It is bloodbath of music, of freedom, of one thing far more larger than us.
BEARDSLEY: Skazi says Israel is thought the world over for what’s referred to as psytrance music. He was away on October 7, however he carried out at present with 4 different Israeli DJs.
SWISSA: I might say I performed many festivals in my life – worldwide. I have been everywhere in the world. However I by no means felt what I felt right here in that second. I felt unhappiness – deep unhappiness.
(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)
BEARDSLEY: The faces of these killed have been additionally projected onto screens. The occasion, solely a pair miles from Gaza, was swiftly put collectively as the military gave clearance solely 4 days in the past. Armed Israeli troopers mill about. The charred automobiles have been hauled away, and roads are being repaved, however there are nonetheless a couple of mangled seaside chairs and damaged coolers. This DJ live performance lasted all through the day, giving anybody who wished the time to come back by. Thirty-one-year-old Bar Makos got here along with his twin brother for closure. They escaped the slaughter on October 7.
BAR MAKOS: (Via interpreter) That is holy floor for us, and we got here again to shut the circle.
BEARDSLEY: Bar says Hamas blocked the one street out that day. The siblings escaped of their automobile on dust roads. They plan to depart that very same manner at present. Bar says that is the primary time he is listened to music because the assault.
MAKOS: (Via interpreter) And that is the primary time I have been in a position to cry. The music is bringing it out.
BEARDSLEY: Bar’s want is that Israel’s close-knit rave neighborhood can begin dancing collectively once more.
Twenty-three-year-old Jordan Guez had many mates who died right here.
JORDAN GUEZ: It is like a kick within the abdomen to see the entire faces and the individuals I bear in mind and know and love.
BEARDSLEY: She says there’s the Israel earlier than October 7 and after. She was once looking forward to coexistence with the Palestinians sooner or later.
GUEZ: However what I see now could be that it is not possible and that they are occupied by a terrorist group, and the world does not know that. It is sophisticated. However the truth that individuals suppose it is two international locations combating in opposition to one another – that is the narrative that I need to break.
BEARDSLEY: Eleanor Beardsley, NPR Information, the Negev desert in southern Israel.
(SOUNDBITE OF TIM MCNARY SONG, “DAY AT THE FALLS”)
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