Israel Police commanders have announced that they have learned the lessons of the Shas Siyum HaShas in Teddy Stadium earlier this week after the blunder that left Chacham Ovadia stuck in his vehicle.
Police explain that from now on, they will have a better operational understanding of “chareidi events” and how to deploy manpower in line with this reality. What happened is that when Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef’s Shlita vehicle arrived, the crowd simply began running to meet the gadol hador and in a matter of minutes hundreds of people surrounded the vehicle. While the music stopped the gadol hador was literally trapped inside the vehicle, which was prevented from moving in any direction due to the crowd.
Officials began urging participants in the siyum to return their seats if they wish to “show true kovod hatorah” to the rav. Ultimately, with the assistance of police, they managed to extricate Rav Ovadia from the crowd to permit him to enter the siyum.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)