Engineers Who Approved Meron Plans Detained By Police


Two safety engineers who approved the plans for the gathering at Meron on Lag B’Omer were detained for questioning on Monday morning at the police’s Lahav 433 unit.

The interrogation, which comes 11 days after the disaster, is one of the first steps into an investigation of the tragedy in which 45 people were killed and over 150 people were injured.

At the end of the interrogation, a decision will be made whether to release the suspects or request an extension of their detainment from the court.

Last week, Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit announced that a joint investigation of the Meron disaster will be carried out by the Israel Police and the Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department.

Both investigative teams will be guided by the State Attorney’s Office through lawyers appointed by the State Attorney.

Lahav 433, known as the Israeli FBI, is an organization within the Israel Police that investigates national crimes and corruption.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. If these engineers, or if governmental authorities, put an appropriate cap on the number of visitors to Meron, how many Meron visitors would observe the government guidelines? I guess – without any expertise – that a safe cap on attendees would be radically lower than the number of this year’s attendees. And is there something in the Torah which requires some of us to stay away from an unsafely overcrowded event?


  2. They might have been bought off by TPTB, as mimokom acher we know there is resistance to making changes. So the blood is on the hands of the entities at the top. They could have called for limits, but apparently they dont want to, And yes there is a reason to stay away as Rov Yosef ztk”L said it was a spiritual danger. In terms of just physical safety, remember that in charreididom personal space is never guaranteed. pushing and bumping is widely accepted. This dynamic was present at Rav Wosners’s levaya There is also maybe a kitrug that there is solid opinion that Lag B’omer is not the yohrtziet so the whole crowd and the whole mihag is based on error, and maybe on a little bit of ignoring truth. We have also the concept of the Maharal (koheles)
    במקום המשפט שמה רשע Yet Rov after Rov and Mashpia and divrei chizuk have repeated “we dont know the cheshbonos of shaomayim,we are small “etc. Lost from the conversation is the lesson of the last week’s tochacha והתודו את עוונם ואת עון אבותם We are duty bound to look at the circumstance and to look into ourselves and take an educated guess at the din veheshbon, and correct accordingly