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UTJ MK said to demand exclusive control over Meron celebrations in coalition talks

MK Meir Porush attends a Knesset Arrangements Committee meeting in Jerusalem on June 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
MK Meir Porush attends a Knesset Arrangements Committee meeting in Jerusalem on June 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush reportedly asks for his party to have exclusive control over the annual Lag B’Omer celebrations at Mount Meron, during coalition talks with Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to a report in Walla News, Porush demands that UTJ be the sole body to implement any recommendations from the ongoing state commission of inquiry into the 2021 disaster at the site in which 45 people were killed.

Since then, control over the annual celebrations at the holy site has been a hotly controversial topic, as officials trade blame over the deadly disaster that saw dozens crushed to death due to overcrowding and insufficient infrastructure.

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