World Méron's deadly jostling: Israel, a tragedy so predictable ...

14:15  02 may  2021
14:15  02 may  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

Two young French people died in the mountaineer of Mount Meron, in Israel

 Two young French people died in the mountaineer of Mount Meron, in Israel © Copyright 2021, Obs Two young Franco-Israeli brothers died in the giant jostling that was fatal to 45 people Friday at a pilgrimage Jew at Mount Meron, in the north of Israel, Sundayed Sunday at AFP of police and diplomatic sources in Jerusalem. The registers in Hebrew of the Israeli police consulted by the AFP report two French dead in the tragedy, the brothers Moshe and Yosef Elhadad, aged 12 and 18 years old.

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L The names of the victims, their age and their place of residence slowly paras on television screens. Family Fathers, Talmudic School Students, Teens, Children. These are the 45 victims of the terrible Meron catastrophe. The largest celebration of the Lag B'ome festival on the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai, an illustrious Talmudist of the second century of our era, turned into a national tragedy. 45 Mortal lives. But also 150 wounded, of which 16 still in a serious state. Not to mention those who came out unmanned from the appalling jostling, but will keep the images of what they have lived. As this witness, on his hospital bed, tells you heard the calls for those who were crushed by the bodies falling on them: "I'm choking? I'm choking? Help? Cree more and more weak? Then nothing.

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On this Sunday morning, national day of mourning, while the burial continues, all the media? Radio and TV channels have been broadcasting for more than 48 hours continuously? attempt to determine the circumstances of the heaviest civil tragedy in the history of Israel . Was it possible to avoid it? Yes, answer the experts who remind two reports published by the state controller, in 2008 and 2011. They warned against the chaotic situation that reigned on the Meron site. They denounced the almost no safety standards and the most private authorities, all involved in its administration, which could jeopardize the life of the faithful.

Need to limit the number of participants

In conclusion, these two studies claimed that according to the rules of the police in force in the organization of large public gatherings, Meron should not accommodate more than 15,000 people. In 2016, Ilan Mor, a worried police commander, had again thrown a pavement in the pond. In his report, he also affirmed that the infrastructures found on the site could not ensure the safety of the total number of participants in the annual pilgrimage of Lag B'OMer. Not surprisingly, he concluded on the need to limit the number of participants and the appointment of a single organization responsible for the management of the site, instead of allowing each rabbinic court to administer its own space.

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But nothing has moved. In 2019, nearly half a million people made the pilgrimage. In 2020, due to pandemic, the party was canceled. And this year, the health authorities, remained cautious, claimed for the site a very precise gauge of participants (not more than 10,000), on the mode of restrictions applying to sports and cultural events. For example, no more than 5,000 spectators in a 20,000 seater stage. They have not been listened to. All the ultraorthodox parties supported by the extreme right have put pressure on the Prime Minister and his colleague from the inside, Arieh Dehi, to open Meron to everyone, without controls or limitations of any kind. Benyamin Netanyahu and his faithful friend, the Minister of Homeland Security, Amir Ohana , were eager to say yes to their political allies. The very Likoud Minister of Transport, Miri Regev, put her hand in the dough by chairing a 400 bucket fleet as well as special trains to allow a large number of pilgrims to make the trip. Result: 100,000 people made the trip.

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Faced with the magnitude of the tragedy, and in this time of national mourning, politicians avoid major statements. But already, a battle is emerging. More and more voices require the establishment of an independent judicial investigation commission. Fearing that it does not hurt them, Benyamin Netanyahu and his allies are totally opposed. A huge problem faced by the Prime Minister who, moreover, has only three days to succeed in forming a government coalition . In case of failure, he will have to deliver his mandate to the President of the State.

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