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Group that oversaw festival at Meron during last year’s disaster tapped again

Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene of the fatal crush during Lag B'Omer celebrations on Mount Meron, in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene of the fatal crush during Lag B'Omer celebrations on Mount Meron, in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The Religious Services Ministry has selected the same organization that oversaw the Lag B’Omer religious festival at Mount Meron last year to do so again this year.

The National Center for the Development of Holy Sites was the body in charge of the festival last year when 45 people were trampled to death in a crush during festivities in the worst civilian disaster in Israeli history.

The ministry also allowed the organization to skip the tender process and accepted its bid directly, citing “economy and efficiency.”

Family members of some of those killed in last year’s disaster slammed the government decision. A state commission of inquiry into the incident is ongoing, though it was slowed following the death of Miriam Naor, the head of the investigation, last month.

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