MERON EFFECT: Israel Police Cancel Baba Sali Yartzeit Event Due To Safety Concerns

Tzion of the Baba Sali in Netivot. (Photo: Yisha Yerushalmi)

Israel Police issued an order on Wednesday to cancel the yahrzeit event for the Babi Sali, z’l, next week in Netivot due to safety reasons. The decision was made following talks over the past two weeks with all relevant professionals.

A police statement said that the decision was made due to the fact that “there was no reasonable possibility of compliance with the provisions of the Safety Law by the date of the event and in accordance with the requirements set forth in Clause 8 of the Public Places Safety Law.”

“The police call on the public to obey this instruction and not arrive at the kever compound on the day of the hilula. The police will take the necessary measures in the wake of any violation of the order to prevent the entry of the general public and the holding of a public hilula in the compound of the Baba Sali, z’tl.”

In addition to safety concerns, coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka was worried that the event would contribute to the spread of the Omicron variant. In a meeting on Tuesday with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and senior Health Ministry officials, Zarka said that “100,000 people in Netivot next week at the height of the outbreak is a ‘mass attack.’ All our discussions about stopping the pandemic versus this type of event – it’s not proportional.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. I love when these freaks pretend they care about the lives of the public. Go to hell. And re whether it should take place or not: I have no idea. Be safe over all else. Just don’t pretend you’re actually good people.

  2. The venerated Chief Rabbi is so correct:- Going to קבר of this saint is so much more important than idiotic miss universe events which should have been canceled. Shame on wicked bennett.

  3. Hashem gives us free will. But remember the words of Rabbi Ben Stern: “I told you not to be stupid, you moron.” Congratulations to the first three commenters: You have made it onto my Stupid P-salty snack makers List.