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Meron commission of inquiry summons first witnesses to testify

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

The state commission of inquiry into the deadly crush at the Meron pilgrimage site summons its first witnesses to testify on Israel’s worst-ever civilian disaster in April, in which 45 people were killed.

The witnesses are three senior police officers in the north who oversaw the Lag B’Omer event, including Northern District Commander Shimon Lavi; head of the National Center for Development of Holy Places Yosef Schwinger; Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Abramowitz; and the manager of the nearby tombsite of Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel in Amuka.

A date for the testimony has not yet been set, but the witnesses were notified.

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