Deafening' Trance Party Ires Locals and Campers

Uri Ash
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Holidaymakers and local residents have complained that a two-day trance party held on Dugit beach on the shores of the Kinneret over the weekend constituted a noise nuisance. Police and officials from the Golan regional council, however, have said there is no legal limit to the permitted noise level in a on open space where there are no immediate neighbors.

The director of the Dugit beach, Ilan Ephraim, agrees "[the noise level] was not pleasant, and was not right - we will stop people holding music events and festivals of this kind again in the future."

Gil Inbar, who lives on Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev in the south of the country, spent the weekend with his family on Duga beach, adjacent to Dugit beach. "There was a trance party on Dugit beach that went on for 48 hours," said Inbar yesterday, "and for those 48 hours, no one on the next five beaches got a wink of sleep. We called the police dozens of times, and they said there was nothing they could do, since the organizers had a license. They told us that if we don't stop calling, they would charge us with harassment."

The manager of Duga beach, Moshe Rotter, said the noise level "was not compatible with families and children - especially when the bass was thumping away at such a stupefying volume. This is the first time that a party of this kind has gone on from Thursday night until Sunday morning, and nearly everyone has been highly critical."

The head of the Golan regional council, Danny Rothstein, and the head of the local police Superintendent Motti Avidan, said the party was held under license, and that the law does not restrict the noise level at such events, since it was not held in a residential area.

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