The committee investigating the fatal accident at the Jewish pilgrimage site in April held its first hearing.
The Israeli government committee held its first hearing after investigating the fatal accident at the Jewish pilgrimage site in April, nearly four months after the trampling on Mount Mellon killed 45 people.
The events that took place on the Jewish holiday in northern Israel on April 29 were The deadliest civilian disaster In the history of this country. Although the coronavirus regulations limit the number of outdoor gatherings to 500 people and have long warned about the safety of the venue, there are still about 100,000 worshippers (most of them ultra-Orthodox Jews) attended the celebration.
Hundreds of people were blocked in the narrow passage down the mountain, and a slippery slope made people stumble. The resulting human avalanche killed 45 people and injured at least 150 people.
In June, the Israeli government approved the establishment of an independent national investigation committee to Investigate security flaws During the Lag Baomer celebration held at Mount Meilong.
A team led by former Supreme Court Judge Miriam Naor began litigation on Sunday. The North District Police Chief Shimon Lavi’s testimony was the official responsible for managing the incident.
Lavi said that the Mount Meron celebration is the most important annual event for the Israeli police and requires a lot of resources, planning and preparation.
He said that for safety reasons, “Meron’s attendance rate is unlimited, as it has been for the past 30 years.” He said that any attempt to restrict access and set up roadblocks could lead to “bottlenecks and greater disasters.”
The site in northern Israel is believed to be the tomb of the famous second century saint Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. The mausoleum complex and adjacent structures are managed by the Holy Land Department of the Ministry of Religious Services.
Experts have long warned that the Meilongshan complex has insufficient equipment to cope with the influx of people during the spring vacation, and that the existing infrastructure poses security risks.
But despite this, the gathering in April this year continued. According to reports, powerful ultra-Orthodox politicians pressed the then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials to lift the attendance restrictions.
Ravi said that “it has been ignored for many years,” and “people have a lack of understanding about the continuous development of events over time and the inadequate infrastructure, but a kind of band-aid.”