Netanyahu’s defense attorney to represent families of Meron victims
Amit Hadad, lawyer for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his corruption case, is said to represent the families of victims killed in the Lag B’Omer disaster on Mount Meron.
An article posted on the Kikar HaShabbat Haredi news site, which was later deleted, said Hadad “was coordinating the numerous prosecutions” after “being approached by rabbis and family representatives.” According to reports, the now deleted post appears to be sponsored content on the site. The message included a phone number for a hotline that families could call to obtain legal representation.
A spokesperson for Hadad said the lawyer had been approached by figures from the Haredi community to play a role in future civil lawsuits related to the disaster.
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In a statement to the Ynet news site, Hadad’s office said the attorney “has a deep understanding and connection to the Haredi community. After the disaster, senior Haredi figures asked if attorney Hadad would be willing to donate his time and office to help the families of those injured and killed in Meron. It is unfortunate that some unfortunately cynically try to link the tragedy to his portrayal of the Prime Minister. There is no basis.
Reports of Hadad’s potential involvement have previously raised concerns about a conflict of interest, with Netanyahu being singled out as a potential target for families seeking to hold the government accountable. The Israeli Bar Association has said it will look into the matter if a complaint is filed.
At least 45 people were killed in the Mount Meron crash on Friday during a religious holiday marking Lag B’Omer. Israel observed a national day of mourning for the victims, aged 9 to 65, on Sunday. The last funeral for the victims was scheduled for Sunday and 16 people are still hospitalized after the event.
Elected officials and officials began to point fingers at the tragedy, considered the deadliest civil disaster in Israel’s history. Many have called for a state commission of inquiry into the incident.