By COLlive reporter
Residents of the Nachlas Har Chabad neighborhood in Israel’s Southern District city of Kiryat Malachi are mourning the passing of Mrs. Yehudis Forst, a neighbor who battled cancer for a while.
She passed away on Monday and was buried in the local cemetery, leaving her husband Shlomo Forst and their 9 children, 3 of which are single.
Mrs. Forst was a grade 1 teacher who was well loved by her young students and in the community. Her passing happened exactly a week after she married off her daughter Shira on 14 Adar 1 5776.
What was even more tragic – and has many extremely worried – is that Mrs. Forst’s passing is the 6th death of an occupant of apartment building 153/17 from the disease in the last 2 years.
Other people in the residential building are currently battling cancer as well, the news website Kikar Hashabat reported.
According to neighbors and family friends, the deceased were relatively young individuals who led a healthy life, among them some in their 20s and 30s.
A resident who is familiar with the details told the website that “residents in the city in general and in the neighborhood, in particular, have an uneasy feeling.”
He said residents are finding it hard to pinpoint what would be the exact cause that is causing danger and leading to the many deaths.
He noted that tests conducted in the last few months ruled out physical evidence to what the neighborhood has already been calling “an epidemic.”
Kiryat Malachi’s Deputy Mayor Chaim Steiner said that the radiation level was recently tested by privately hired experts but no abnormalities were found.
The community is left to speculate, with some blaming fumes from factories in the nearby Industrial Area. Others say the statistics seem harsh because they are a close-knit community.
Meanwhile, locals have been strengthening themselves spiritualy. A few months ago, a new Sefer Torah was written in memory of the deceased and in merit of those battling illness in the neiborhood.