Purim extravaganza nixed, haredi rockers give Belgian Jews private show

25 Mar 2016

From the JTA:

When they boarded a plane for Belgium on Monday, the Haredi pop stars Gil and Aryeh Gat were on a mission to bring extra cheer to one of the world’s happiest Jewish events: Purim in Antwerp.

The brothers from Eilat, who became unlikely celebrities in Jewish circles worldwide following their 2013 appearance in the Israeli version of “American Idol,” were scheduled to perform at a concert that would’ve kicked off Antwerp’s famous Purim street celebrations, which non-Jews call Jewish Carnival.

But as the Gats were tuning up for a sold-out show in Antwerp, home to 12,000 Haredi Jews, terrorists killed at least 31 people in a series of bombings at Brussels’ airport and a subway station. The attacks plunged a grieving country and its Jewish community into lockdown. All gatherings were cancelled as authorities instructed residents to stay indoors.

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