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Everyone Ignored the Warnings About Mount Meron, and Now Few Will Accept the Blame

Police officials say the disaster was unforeseeable and unexpected. But every year for several years now, there are people who warn that the annual Lag Ba’omer celebration on Mount Meron will end in disaster

Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner

At noon on Friday, nothing at the foot of the stairs where the Mount Meron tragedy happened suggested that less than 12 hours earlier, 45 people had been crushed to death. All that was left in the place that had become a death trap were dozens of empty plastic bottles, some papers and other trash. “Everyone suffocated to death, no one bled,” Netanel Knafo, one of the first medics to reach the scene, told the curious onlookers who had gathered around him. “No one understood the scale of the disaster at first,” he said.

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