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After 45 Killed, Israeli Officials Evade Responsibility for the Mount Meron Disaster

The Israeli politicians who are behind planning the event have no interest in creating an investigative body with extensive powers

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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Amos Harel

The Lag Ba’omer hillula that ended in mass casualties on Mount Meron was not the only large gathering that was scheduled to take place in the Galilee last week. Tens of thousands of members of Israel’s Druze community had planned to visit the grave of Nabi Shuaib in Kfar Hittim on April 25, for the Habi Shuaib festival. But the Druze leadership canceled the pilgrimage in the wake of heavy pressure from the commander of the Israel Police Northern District, Maj. Gen. Shimon Lavi, and Israel’s coronavirus czar, Prof. Nachman Ash, on the grounds that it could become a superspreader event.

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