Israel’s Burning Man festival gets OK

Beersheva police were told to allow the Israeli version of the Burning Man festival to take place as scheduled.

The Beersheva Magistrate’s Court on May 18 ordered police to provide a permit for Midburn, as the event in the Negev Desert is known, but laid out rules about indecent exposure. Police and festival organizers had been haggling over the permit for four months, according to reports.

Some 6,500 people were expected to attend Midburn, held May 20-24.

Modeled after the annual weeklong event held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, the festival sets up a temporary city “creating a platform which will allow a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression,” according to the Midburn website. — jta