Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef comes out against the decision earlier today by police to ban the annual mass gathering at the grave of the renowned kabbalist Baba Sali.
Yosef calls the decision “unfortunate,” and calls on the government to reverse it to allow observers to gather “in an orderly manner.”
The annual event on the anniversary of his death, which falls out next week, will not take place this year due to security concerns, police said, warning people to stay away from the site.
The decision came in the wake of the deadly stampede at Mount Meron earlier this year during Lag B’Omer that killed dozens in the worst civilian disaster in Israeli history.
Many ultra-Orthodox groups have fumed at the decision and vowed to show up in the thousands despite the ban.