A choir against Sharon: Dozens of participants at a cantillation concert held at New York city Sunday cheered when they heard the news of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's hospitalization after he suffered a mild stroke.
The incident occurred during a concert at Manhattan's Lincoln Center, attended by about 2,000 people. Cantor Yitzhak Meir Helfgot of Bnei Brak, along with New York's Philharmonic orchestra and the Yuval Choir from Israel participated in the prestigious event.
The high-profile concert was also attended by Israeli Consul in New York Arye Mekel, and Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi Meir Lau.
At a certain point in the concert, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, one of the city's most prominent rabbis, took the stage and told the crowd about the prime minister's hospitalization, wishing him a complete and full recovery.
In response to these words, dozens of crowd members exploded into shouts, and yelled in chorus, "Gush Katif, Gush Katif." Some of the spectators screamed "this is because of what Sharon did in Gush Katif."
Rabbi Schneier, who was infuriated over the outburst, silenced the shouters and told the crowds it was a Mitzvah to wish a Jew full recovery.
Notably, right-wing Jewish extremists in Israel and gunmen in the Palestinian Authority celebrated Sharon's deteriorated medical condition Sunday and prayed for his death.