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Police issue ban on event marking anniversary of Baba Sali in Netivot

Worshipers pray at the tomb of Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, known as the Baba Sali, in Netivot, January 22, 2007. (Almog Sugavker/Flash90)
Worshipers pray at the tomb of Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, known as the Baba Sali, in Netivot, January 22, 2007. (Almog Sugavker/Flash90)

Israel Police issue an injunction against holding a mass memorial event this year for the anniversary of the death of the Baba Sali.

Generally, a large gathering occurs on the anniversary near the grave of the late revered kabbalist in the southern city of Netivot. But police say that due to overcrowding and the lack of order, the event — slated for next week — cannot be held safely.

The police warned that “any violation of the order” will lead them to “take the necessary measures to prevent the entry of the general public and any public gathering in the compound.”

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