Tel Aviv’s Skyscraper Suicides

This post first appeared as “Low Fence Blamed for Tel Aviv Skyscraper Suicides” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

The Azrieli Towers have come to define the Tel Aviv skyline in recent years, but they have also become the prime location for those seeking to jump to their deaths. There have been 10 suicides from the towers in the past three years.

Israel’s Channel 2 News reported yesterday that the Tel Aviv police have opened an investigation into possible negligence on the part of the Azrieli Group and the towers’ management company. There is a fence around the perimeter of the towers’ rooftop balconies, but some feel its height is not sufficient. Three years ago, then Tel Aviv district attorney Ruth David sent a letter to the management company asking it to raise the height of the fence, even though it was technically up to code.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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