Spread the news

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual commemorations could draw as many as 200,000 worshippers for all-night prayer, mystical songs, picnics and dance around bonfires. ― Reuters pic
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual commemorations could draw as many as 200,000 worshippers for all-night prayer, mystical songs, picnics and dance around bonfires. ― Reuters pic

Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates.


JERUSALEM, Nov 22 — An Israeli state inquiry into a crush that killed 45 people, including Americans and Canadians, at a Jewish pilgrimage site in April recommended today that future admissions be capped and ceremonies streamlined in order to prevent overcrowding.

The panel, headed by a former Supreme Court chief justice, submitted interim findings designed to help authorities better plan for the next festival at Meron, the Galilee tomb of second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, on May 18-19.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual commemorations could draw as many as 200,000 worshippers for all-night prayer, mystical songs, picnics and dance around bonfires.

Tens of thousands came on April 30 to the hilltop pilgrimage site, which covers about 5.6 acres. When a crowd surged into a narrow tunnel, 45 men and boys were asphyxiated or trampled to death. Six victims were Americans, two were Canadian.

“The material brought before the commission and testimonies heard by it indicate that the maximal number of people that could be safely contained at the area at the same time is approximately 20,000,” the panel said in a 16-page report.

While not recommending a target number, it said more space could be freed up by banning tents and pirate vendors at the site and by holding one central bonfire ceremony.

Pilgrims could be encouraged to rotate by bussing them in and out on tickets valid for specific hours, the panel said. It advised against allowing in food to “reduce the duration of stay (and) the danger of falling and slipping on garbage”.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government signalled it would implement the findings.

“The 2022 observances at Meron will be entirely different from the observances held heretofore, and will take place according to other safety standards,” Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana said in a statement.

The panel is separately looking at possible culpability among planners of the April observances, which took place under the previous government of Benjamin Netanyahu. — Reuters


Spread the news
Advertisement
Ancient Japanese Discovery Melts 54 LBS Of Fat.
The supplement uses a powerful Okinawa-inspired blend of antioxidants, digestive support ingredients, and metabolism boosters to help you lose weight. The formula is based on science from the Japanese island of Okinawa, which is famous for its low obesity – and high longevity.
Previous articleEU says decision on J&J Covid-19 vaccine booster dose ‘within weeks’
Next articleGareth Southgate Extends Three Lions Contract Until 2024

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here