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Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene of the tragedy at Mount Meron in northern Israel, April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israel launches probe into Mount Meron disaster

The state commission of inquiry into the April 30 Mount Meron tragedy, which saw 45 people killed and 150 injured in a stampede during the Lag B’Omer festival at the site, began its work on Sunday. The...
Women gather in Jerusalem under the auspices of an all-volunteer organization called Imahot L’Maan Imahot (“Mothers Supporting Mothers”), June 9, 2021. Credit: Courtesy

‘Day of Unity’ offers comfort, outreach for women who lost relatives on Lag B’Omer

Dozens of women whose husbands, sons, brothers or fathers lost their lives in the crush on an overcrowded ramp at Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer joined together in Jerusalem last week in an emotional...
Israelis light candles for the 45 victims who were killed in a stampede at Mount Meron during the Lag B'Omer celebrations, at Rabin Squarein Tel Aviv. May 2, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

National Insurance Institute proposes compensation for families of Meron victims

Israel’s National Insurance Institute (NII) is proposing compensation in the amount of 100,000 shekels ($30,800) for each of the families who lost loved ones in the Lag B’Omer stampede at Mount Meron. A total of 45...
United Hatzalah emergency-service workers attempt to evacuate the injured in Meron in northern Israel after Jewish worshippers were crushed during Lag B’Omer festivities, April 30, 2021. Credit: United Hatzalah.

Knesset approves legislation for government probe into Meron disaster

Israeli lawmakers on Monday approved a bill to establish a governmental commission of inquiry into the deadly Lag B’Omer stampede last month at Mount Meron. The bill, sponsored by Knesset member Mickey Levy of the Yesh Atid...
Israeli public security minister Amir Ohana in Tzfat, visiting the family of Shlomo Zalman, who died on April 30 in the Meron stampede, May 5, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

‘If your conscience is clear, there’s no reason to resign,’ says Israel’s public security...

Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana is sticking to his guns after sparking controversy for saying that while he was responsible for the tragedy at Mount Meron on April 30, “responsibility does not mean...
An Orthodox Jewish man visits Mount Meron in northern Israel, where 45 Israelis lost their lives during a stampede at a Lag B'Omer celebration, May 3, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israeli AG: Provisional government can launch state probe into Meron disaster

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said on Monday that there is no legal impediment to establishing a state commission of inquiry into the Lag B’Omer disaster, not even in the case of a provisional government. “Although...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (center) with the winners of this year's Jerusalem Unity Prize at the President's Residence, May 3, 2021. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

Rivlin at Jerusalem Unity Prize ceremony: ‘We are one human fabric’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the seventh Jerusalem Unity Prize ceremony at his official residence in the capital on Monday. The event, which is a joint initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality, Gesher and the families of Eyal...
Mourners attend the funeral of brothers Yosef David Elhadar and Moshe Mordechai Elhadar, two victims of the stampede in Meron during the celebration of Lag B'Omer, May 2, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

The names and faces of those who lost their lives at Mount Meron

Some of the people killed in the stampede at Lag B’Omer celebrations on Mount Meron were laid to rest on Saturday night, with the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine having identified the 45 bodies by...
The family of Donny Morris attends his burial on Sunday in Jerusalem. Source: Screenshot.

Mirlana Morris to her son, Donny: ‘You touched so many lives with your kindness’

With a cracking voice and tears in her eyes, Donny Morris’s mother, Mirlana Morris, eulogized her son. “I have so many questions,” she said through sobs, “but little to no answers.” “But what I do...
Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene after a mass fatality scene during celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer in Meron, in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Jewish, pro-Israel groups react to Meron tragedy on Lag B’Omer: ‘We are in mourning’

Jewish and pro-Israel organizations reacted with a mix of shock, grief and mourning over the tragedy in Meron on Friday morning that led to at least 45 dead and 150 wounded. “There are no words...