Charedi Extremists Caught by Police Planning to Breach Meron Festival Without Tickets

Final preparations for the Lag B'omer festival, at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, in Meron, northern Israel on May 17, 2022. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** מירון קבר שמעון בר יוחאי ל"ג בעומר פסטיבל משטרה

ISRAEL (VINnews) — On Tuesday evening (Israel time), police apprehended and detained a number of Charedi Yungeleit, heading to Meron by minibus. Police found them in possession of burglary tools, which they were apparently planning to use to break fences to breach the Meron site without tickets on Lag B’Omer, in addition to other possible vandalism.

The arrest was reported on B’Chadrei Charedim news outlet.

Throughout the evening, several buses and minibuses carrying dozens of extremists were stopped, and some were sent back to Jerusalem.

Police officers from the Northern District Central Unit searched the minibus, and discovered knives and other tools that appeared to be specifically brought with intent to breach the festivities.

Officials released the following statement: “The Israel Police takes the behavior of law-breaking extremists very seriously, trying in every way possible to sabotage the revelry. Damage to infrastructure, beyond harming the event and causing anguish to the celebrants, may cause real danger to those staying at the site in case the command and control infrastructure is harmed. The police will act resolutely in order to enable the routine of prayers and preparations in the place and will take a tough hand against those lawbreakers.”

Earlier Tuesday, the High Court rejected a petition by extremists against government restrictions which have been implemented in Meron for safety reasons.

On Monday, over 1,000 people took part in a massive protest in Kikar Shabbos opposing the safety restrictions.

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