State Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Meron disaster

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At its first meeting yesterday, the new government decided to set up a state commission of inquiry into the Mount Meron disaster in which 45 people were killed during the Lag Ba’omer festivities in April of this year. Not all ministers supported the decision. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “As we have promised, we submit to the government for approval the proposal of my friends Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman for a commission of inquiry into ‘Report on the Mount Meron disaster. people lost their lives in the terrible disaster, and the responsibility is on our shoulders to learn the lessons and prevent the next disaster. The commission cannot bring back to life those who perished, but the government can do everything to prevent unnecessary loss of life in the future.

“As we said, there will be a state commission of inquiry. In addition to this, it is important to say to the faithful and to all who come to Meron: we will do everything so that the tradition of the festivities of Lag Baomer and throughout the year will continue. People from all walks of life go to Meron: Haredim, religious Zionists, traditional Jews, Sephardim, Ashkenazi and secularists. Our responsibility is to ensure their safety. It is the government’s job, and that is what we will do.

The State Commission of Inquiry into the Meron disaster will be constituted under the Commission of Inquiry Act, which means that it will be headed by a judge proposed by the President of the Supreme Court. The commission will investigate the chain of events from preparations for the festivities to what happened on the night of the disaster itself, when people were crushed to death after one person tripped in a narrow exit from the site. .

The commission of inquiry will have the power to review conduct at mass religious events and the procedures to be followed during such events. He will coordinate with the Israel Police and the Department of Internal Police Investigations, which are themselves investigating the disaster, and submit his report and recommendations to the government. It was agreed that there will be religious representation on the commission.

The government is expected to provide NIS 6 million to fund the investigation.

Posted by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on June 21, 2021

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