Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-05-01 14:58:00 –
Jerusalem >> Of the 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews killed in Stampede at a religious festival in northern Israel, according to a list of some of the names that identified the victims of Israel’s most deadly civilian disaster At least 10 children and teens followed.
Four Americans, Canadians and men from Argentina were also among those killed. Each of the two families lost two children. The youngest victim was 9 years old.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, despite repeated warnings about the revocation of security over the years, official to assess the responsibilities of politicians and senior decision makers to allow mass rallies to be held. There was a growing demand for the establishment of an investigative committee.
Stampede on early Friday shortened Lag BaOmer’s annual festival on Mount Meron, Israel. The success of the Israeli vaccination campaign has allowed the country to break out of coronavirus restrictions, bringing about 100,000 people to the biggest rally to date this year.
When many began to leave one of the festival’s events, they slanted downwards, crushing a narrow tunnel-like walkway ending with a series of stairs. According to witnesses, the floor was slippery with spilled water and juice. When some of the crowd slipped, the people behind them fell onto the people on the ground.
Veteran emergency medical officer Yoshi Harabi told Israeli television channel 12 on Saturday that he “encountered a wall of the body” after he was first warned about the disaster by a nearby post. He said it took about 40 minutes for him and his fellow rescue teams to pull the dead and injured out of the turmoil.
He said it was “one of the worst, if not the worst,” he saw in 30 years at work.
Israeli media said 32 of the 45 victims had been identified before the Jewish Sabbath began at sunset on Friday. Twenty-two of them were set aside to rest before the Sabbath. Identification of the remaining victims and burials was to be resumed after sunset on Saturday.
16 people remained hospitalized, including 3 in critical condition.
Lag BaOmer is very popular with the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century sage and mystic who is believed to be buried there. Crowds ignite bonfires, dance, and have large festive meals as part of the celebration. Nationally, even in secular areas, small groups flock to parks and forests for barbecues and bonfires.
Experts have long warned that Mount Meron celebrations are ripe for disasters due to congestion, fires, and heat. In a 2008 report, a state accounting auditor, a government agency of oversight, warned that the situation at the scene, including evacuation routes, would “endanger the public.”
The Ministry of Justice said it has begun investigating possible criminal activity by police officers. Witnesses complained that police barricades were preventing people from leaving properly.
However, on Saturday there was increasing demand for an official investigative commission that could also consider decisions by political leaders, including retired police commanders.
According to the Ministry of Health guidelines, public meetings continue to be limited to 500 people or less. However, Israeli media said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured ultra-Orthodox leaders that the celebration would take place despite opposition from public health officials. Netanyahu’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Netanyahu has long relied on a powerful ultra-Orthodox political party as an ally. If they want to keep the faint hope of staying in power after the fourth general election in March in just two years, they will need their help. Next week is expected to be decisive due to his unsuccessful efforts to form a coalition government between the right and ultra-Orthodox parties.
Netanyahu has been severely criticized over the past year for allowing the ultra-Orthodox community to ignore safety guidelines by opening schools and synagogues and conducting mass funerals. The ultra-Orthodox community was hit hardest in the country by COVID-19.
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