UPDATE: After Extremists Tear Down Meron Safety Barriers, Police Shut Down Mountain

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Ultra orthodox jews clash with Police during Lag Baomer celebrations, in Meron, on May 19, 2022. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** עימותים מדורה ל״ג בעומר משטרה חרדי חרדים אש

MERON (VINnews) — On Thursday afternoon, hundreds of Charedi extremist rioters broke into the Tomb of the RASHBI on Mount Meron, forcing police to shut down the entire celebration.

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According to officials, extremists tore down the mechitzos dividing the men’s and women’s sections, and they hurled fences to the ground. As a result, police determined that the safety of those inside the compound was threatened.

In response to the violence and upheaval, police halted the bussing of people to the site, and celebrations have been halted.

Officials say that the destruction of safety infrastructure made it impossible to ensure public safety.

Police rescued women and children who were apparently trapped the tomb.

A memorial event for the 45 people who tragically perished on Lag B’Omer last year was scheduled for tonight. Organizers will determine whether the memorial can still be held after consulting with professionals.

Ultra orthodox jews clash with Police during Lag Baomer celebrations, in Meron, on May 19, 2022. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** עימותים

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