Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.
Senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and religion reporter Canaan Lidor join host Amanda Borschel-Dan in today’s episode.
The razing of Khan al-Ahmar has become something of a symbolic battle for many since demolition orders were first issued in 2009. Rettig Gur describes the hamlet and delves deep into the many-sided issue, following the High Court of Justice’s decision to let the government decide on the timing of its demolition.
Two years ago, the world watched with horror as we heard the news of the loss of 45 lives, many of them children, in a crush in a crowd at Mount Meron during Lag B’Omer celebrations. Lidor spoke with several family members who say that today, they feel even more connected to the place.
Ahead of tonight’s celebrations, we hear what new safety measures have been implemented since the disaster two years ago.