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Israel orders investigation into deadly Mount Meron stampede | Middle East News

The April stampede killed 45 people in a Jewish pilgrimage site that has long been considered dangerous by the authorities.

The new Israeli government has approved a formal investigation into the stampede that occurred in April, which killed 45 people and injured dozens of others. It took place in a Jewish pilgrimage site that has long been considered dangerous by the authorities.

Although this is the country’s worst civilian disaster, a full investigation of the country Mount Meilong Death It lags behind the previous government due to disputes between ultra-orthodox Jews and opposition politicians.

“The responsibility for learning lessons and preventing the next disaster lies on our shoulders,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at his first cabinet meeting on Sunday.

“The committee cannot bring back those who died, but the government can do everything it can to prevent unnecessary loss of life in the future.”

A cabinet statement stated that the results of the investigation will help protect other people in Israel from participating in activities. Israel has Islamic and Christian holy sites as well as Judaism.

Many years ago, the authorities believed that the Meilong Mountain site was dangerous [File: Reuters]

On April 30th, tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at the tomb of the second-century saint Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on the slopes of the Galilee to participate in the annual Lag B’Omer Festival, which included overnight prayers and mysterious Songs and dances.

This year’s figure is lower than in previous years, but still exceeds the number allowed by COVID-19 restrictions.

Some Israelis questioned whether the former government and police led by Benjamin Netanyahu were unwilling to further restrict the crowd due to pressure from influential ultra-Orthodox leaders.

During the ceremony, part of the crowd poured into a narrow tunnel, 45 men and boys Being suffocated or trampled.

The police are already investigating. The Israeli government regulatory agency considered the Meilongshan site dangerous many years ago and has announced its own investigation, but cannot file criminal charges.

Netanyahu promised to conduct a thorough investigation, but the cabinet, including the ultra-orthodox Jewish minister, never took any formal action. Less than two weeks later, major hostilities broke out between Israeli and Palestinian groups in Gaza.

Bennett himself religiously adheres to religious beliefs, but his broad alliance does not include any ultra-orthodox parties. In his cabinet speech, he said that Mellon attracted Jews “from all fields”, alluding to other denominations besides ultra-Orthodox.

Benny Gantz, the secretary of defense who promoted the investigation, said the results of the investigation will be “important” and cannot be ignored.

The government stated that the budget of the investigative committee headed by a judge was 6 million shekels ($1.8 million).

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