Offbeat Israel: After mourning, this is the time of the survey on the deadly jostling at Mount Méron
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JERUSALEM (AP) — The holy city of Jerusalem, a tinderbox of competing religious and political claims, has repeatedly triggered bouts of Israeli-Palestinian violence. This time around, there have been some additional sparks, including Jewish extremists who, emboldened by their political patrons’ recent election to parliament, staged a provocative march to Jerusalem’s walled Old City chanting “death to the Arabs.” Over the course of a few days, nightly Jerusalem street brawls between Israeli police and disaffected Palestinian residents of the city escalated to cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas.
Israel is mounted after the terrible drama shown on Friday, April 30 during a pilgrimage. Forty-five dead, 150 wounded, of which sixteen are still in serious condition. An investigation is open. Télés, radios, newspapers, all Israeli media attempt to understand the circumstances of one of the heaviest tragedies in the country's history.
With our correspondent in Jerusalem, Sami BoukHelifa
with this question which is constantly returning: Such a disaster could she have been avoided? The investigation, which is only in its infancy, will probably determine it. But already, some elements are surface.
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Two reports, published more than ten years ago, pointed to failures in the safety of this great religious gathering of Mont Méron, in the north of the country. Lack of safety standards, no coordination between the different organizers of this event. In conclusion, this chaotic management could jeopardize the life of the faithful.100,000 pilgrims in a place that can only be accommodated only 15,000
according to these two reports published in 2008 and 2011, this pilgrimage from Lag Ba Omer should not gather more than 15,000 people. Whenthat could have allowed such a gathering? Several Israeli media reveal important information: an influential ultra-orthodox, therefore a member of this pilgrimage who participated in the pilgrimage, asked his colleague Amir Ohana, Minister of Internal Security "to authorize access [at Mount Méron ] to all who wish. "
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The Minister of Inner Security now matures in silence. This close to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, has just a simple publication on Facebook "Once we have finished identifying and burying our dead, I will take my responsibilities," he says, "Responsibility does not mean guilt".Two open surveys
The police opened two surveys. The first on malfunctions in the organization. The second on the management of the disaster, but none of possible political responsibilities.
Voices are in the country to request an independent commission of inquiry, on the responsibility of members of the government. What to embarray the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, and his young Lieutenant Amir Ohana, Minister of Homeland Security. The two men do not refuse anything to ultra-orthodox. Because Benyamin Netanyahu needs the support of this religious community, to be in power.
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ultra-orthodox beyond the
laws as during the confines, the attitude of certain ultra-orthodox groups is again pointed. They roll out all the rules imposed on the rest of society. Refusal to wear the mask, refusal to close their talmudic schools in full pandemic.
And again, while sports and cultural events are hitherto subject to limitations in number of participants - no more than 5,000 spectators in the stages for example - the ultra-orthodox them, gather by tens of thousands, with the blessing of part of the government. The Times of Israel newspaper describes Mount Méron, a place of drama, such as "an extraterritorial area where ultra-orthodox sects are organized as they want."► To read also:
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