JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli police arrested 320 people at a Jewish campfire festival celebrating an old sage after worshipers were upset about coronavirus restrictions that prevented them from accessing his grave.
Although many leading rabbis have supported public assembly restrictions as a precaution against contagion, some ultra-orthodox Jews have been amazed at the interference with religious rites.
A focus of the annual Lag Ba-Omer festival, which was held on Tuesday, is the 2nd century tomb of mystic Shimon Bar Yochai in northern Israel, which usually attracts thousands of believers to pray, dance and dance all night Sing bonfire.
Police said that this time dozens of people were violating the coronavirus restrictions trying to enter the grave, and that hundreds of others were raided on objects and thrown at officials in the subsequent raid, leading to mass arrests.
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