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A blow to the trance scene: The police closed the "Doof" festival after 15 years of activity

The Israel Trance Festival was due to open in about an hour, but the Supreme Court accepted the police's allegations of suspicion of drug trafficking and ruled that the event would not take place.

The Supreme Court rejected the appeal filed by the directors of the Duff company and accepted the police's claims that it would not allow it to exist because of a suspicion of selling drugs.

Thus, the famous Trance Festival, which was scheduled to open in about an hour for the 16 time and continue throughout the weekend, will not be held this year, after 15 years of continuous activity.

Following the court's decision, crowds are arriving at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to protest the trance dance in the square. More details Here.

The Supreme Court arrived at the Supreme Court after the District Court rejected their claims and accepted the police's allegations of suspected drug trafficking in the area.

In a hearing held in the District Court, the judge claimed that intelligence material was presented to her on the basis of which the police decided not to approve the incident.

"After reviewing this material and hearing the arguments of the parties, I reached the conclusion that the petition should be denied," she stated.

The organizers' claims that it was not their responsibility to prevent drug trafficking, as well as the fact that they paid half a million shekels to the police for the security of the event and that the place was well secured and whose participants were checked upon entering the event, failed.

"We strictly observed every demand by the police to hold the event, and we even transferred close to NIS 500,000 for paid policemen," claim Shahar Tzirkin and Yuval Avnstein, owners and producers of the Duff Festival.

"This is a festival that has been going on for years and represents not only the transatlantic culture but an entire generation and the way it spends and does not seem logical in any way that the Israeli police can not take over such a threat."

A few minutes ago, with the ruling of Justice Yitzhak Amit, the company officially announced that despite the fact that the area is ready and even though thousands of tickets have already been purchased and artists from all over the world are invited to appear, the event will be canceled.

The festival's management promised the purchasers of the tickets that their money would be returned to them, despite the economic damage caused to the company.

The announcement of the cancellation of the event received thousands of comments and was shared in a very short time, including sharp comments against the police and the court.

The police said in response that "Unfortunately, police investigations revealed that the existence of the event could create a real and tangible danger to public safety and past experience in events in which the lives of those who were killed were decided to postpone the request for the event and not to take unnecessary risk because public safety and security are more important than anything else "He said.

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