In a covert operation Wednesday morning at Israel’s Midburn event in the Negev desert, police detectives arrested a suspect, a Tel Aviv resident around 30 years-old, in possession of various drugs not for personal consumption.
During the operation a festival goer was seen passing something on the dance floor. When authorities attempted to arrest the individual the suspect hit the officer in the face and tried to flee the scene. After a short chase the suspect was arrested.
Drugs confiscated from the suspect’s bag included LSD, marijuana, hashish, MDMA and suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The suspect was transferred to a Dimona police station for interrogation and will be brought before court to extend his remand.
The event is considered a “regional Burning Man,” based on the event, which for decades, has brought thousands of people to the Nevada desert for days of art installations, raves and various forms of “radical self-expression.”
In Israel, the burner community was born as so many modern ones are: on Facebook. Some Burning Man returnees formed a group on the social network called Burning Man Israel VIP (which, of course, stands for Very Inclusive People), for like-minded burners to decompress, reminisce and hang out. They started meeting at Pushpin, a bar in Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood, and like their San Francisco counterparts so many years earlier, eventually ended up burning a man on a beach. That 2011 event, dubbed Mama Burn, drew 600 people, and led to Octoburn in 2012, where over 1,400 people gathered and set up makeshift camps for Succot.
Interest in the community grew rapidly and the…