Meron Tragedy Investigative Committee Begins its Work
More than two months after the horrific
tragedy that has so shaken our nation around the world—taking with it 45
precious and holy souls, and wounding 150 more—a commission has finally been
formed to investigate the root causes that enabled the tragedy to take place,
and to do hishtadlus to conduct future celebrations in a far safer manner.
BoroPark24 has reported last week that temporary and illegal structures that clog the areas—further obstructing passageways, entrances and egresses—have begun being dismantled, a small first step.
Today, the Times of Israel reported that the commission has taken its first legal action, serving notice to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, compelling him to hand over all correspondence, government documents, protocols of meetings, and internal reports related to the arrangements of the Meron celebrations.
It also reported that former Israel Chief Justice Miriam Na’or, a member of the committee, “will meet with Mandelblit to discuss the scope of the probe to ensure that it does not conflict with the ongoing criminal investigation into the Meron tragedy.”
6 million NIS (approximately $1.83M) has been allocated for the operation of the Meron tragedy commission.
Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz, former mayor of Bnei Brak, and decades-long askan, also serves on the commission tasked with the incredibly important work of ensuring the safety of hillula in Meron.