Israel has officially launched a State Commission probe into the horrific Meron tragedy that took the lives of 45 jews and injured 150, in a massive stampede on April 30 during the Lag B’Omer festival.
With a deadline set for six weeks, the committee is headed by retired Chief Justice Miriam Naor, who has already requested various documents from local and religious authorities regarding the preparation for the event.
Commencing its work on Sunday, the team will look into the proceedings of the event, and interview organizers and witnesses in order to figure out what set off the tragic stampede that rocked the religious world. By far, eight people, including two engineers and two heads of the Center for the Development and Preservation of Holy Places—a unit of the Religious Services Ministry—have been questioned by the police on suspicion of negligence manslaughter.
The probe, as it stands, will be held in close cooperation with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who has already ordered a criminal investigation into the deadly stampede.