The operatic voiced Israeli singer Yaniv D'Or physically stopped an anti-Israel protester who jumped on stage with a stink bomb. D'Or said that he instinctively hugged the woman who ran up on stage, lifted her up and handed her over to police who took her into custody.
The incident took place while D'Or was performing at a Yom Haatzmaut show at the Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre in South Africa on Monday evening. Other protesters attempted to disrupt the performance with posters and chanting. The smelly stink bomb and interruption took place in the middle of the performance of Eli Eli by Hannah Senesh, the female parachutist who died rescuing Jews during Holocaust. D'Or and the other musicians continued the concert before the packed auditorium of people celebrating Israeli Independence Day until the end. D'Or is young, up-and-coming singer who has toured Israel and the world performing opera, contemporary and Jewish themed music.
The Independence Day event was entitled "The Miracle of Israel: A Symphonic Celebration" and was sponsored by the South African Zionist Federation. In addition to the music, the event also featured children's activities, dance performance, and traditional Israeli food. David Sebba, the conductor of the Israeli National Opera who led a choir of 30 members, in addition to D'Or.