State Commission to Release Report on Meron Disaster on Wednesday

By Hamodia Staff

Tens of thousands celebrate Lag BaOmer in Meron, in 2023. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The state commission of inquiry into the tragic Meron disaster has announced its intention to present the report on the incident to the government this Wednesday, marking the culmination of two and a half years of investigative work.

Following the presentation, the comprehensive document will be made immediately accessible to the public.

The catastrophe occurred on Lag BaOmer of 2021, claiming the lives of 45 men and boys during the annual Lag BaOmer celebrations in Meron, near the kever of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai.

The commission, formed in June 2021 by the Bennett-Lapid government and led by retired judge Dvora Berliner, extensively gathered testimonies, including from then-Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to scrutinize the failures that resulted in Israel’s most devastating civilian disaster. Netanyahu, who held office from 2009 to 2021, denied responsibility during his testimony in July 2022, despite safety concerns being raised numerous times throughout his tenure.

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