Prime police official: Politicians wouldn’t put quota on Meron attendance

2021-08-22 14:53:44

Northern District Police Superintendent Shimon Lavi advised the Mount Meron state fee of inquiry on Sunday that the political class had blocked all makes an attempt by the police to restrict attendance on the location surrounding the Lag B’Omer celebrations.

Lavi is the opening witness to testify earlier than the fee which is predicted to listen to from political, non secular, safety officers and victims.

On April 30, some 45 males and boys, largely ultra-Orthodox, died in a mass crush on Mount Meron, the location of the tomb of Talmudic sage Shimon Bar Yohai, the place tens of 1000’s of pilgrims had gathered for the annual Lag Ba’omer celebrations in what was Israel’s worst civilian catastrophe.

The earlier authorities of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and varied ultra-orthodox events, who had been at the least partially concerned in demanding limitless attendance, had refused to ascertain a state fee of inquiry, which might be freed from political interference.

This was in contravention of the desires of the vast majority of the households of the victims who argued that solely a really unbiased panel would be capable of discover who was answerable for the demise of their family members and forestall such a catastrophe sooner or later.

 Meron investigation committee, August 22. (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)
Meron investigation committee, August 22. (credit score: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

The brand new authorities of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett promptly endorsed a fee of inquiry, and on the finish of June, Supreme Court docket President Esther Hayut appointed a three-member panel to chair the Meron catastrophe state inquiry.

The fee is chaired by former chief justice Miriam Naor; the opposite two members might be Rabbi Mordechai Karlitz and IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Shlomo Yanai.

On the time, Hayut mentioned that appointment of a state inquiry utilizing this mannequin would make sure the independence of its conclusions from political concerns and restore public religion within the state’s dealing with of the difficulty.

An announcement mentioned that Naor was picked as a result of her stature main the whole judicial department and her expertise dealing with extremely advanced issues.

Rabbi Karlitz was chosen for having served as mayor of Bnei Brak and having expertise in constructing and design points, with the Meron occasions generally and with public coverage and the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) group concerning integration within the military.

Yanai was chosen as a result of his experience in logistical and planning points, each throughout his time within the IDF and within the non-public sector since his retirement from the navy.

Hayut cited the custom that when she introduced the inquiry was the seventeenth of the Hebrew month of Tamuz, is a quick day in reminiscence of when the partitions of Jerusalem had been damaged throughout the Roman invasion in 70 CE. She expressed hope that this Meron fee would counter that historical past by restoring some positivity and stability to Israeli society.

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