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Bennett warns against Kanievsky funeral turning into a repeat of Meron tragedy

Men gather outside the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky on March 20, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Men gather outside the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky on March 20, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warns that the funeral this afternoon of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky must not turn into a mass disaster with overcrowding and potential stampeding.

“The funeral is a mass event, and we must make sure that it does not end – God forbid – in a mass disaster,” Bennett says at the start of the cabinet meeting. “I call on those attending not to crowd and squeeze together.”

Bennett says that “the trauma of the Meron disaster is still fresh for all of us. This tragedy must not be repeated.” He asks for “everyone to take personal responsibility, to look after the children in particular.”

Last year 45 people were crushed to death at Mount Meron on the festival of Lag Ba’omer, the deadliest civilian disaster in Israeli history.

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