Families sue over Azrieli suicides

The families are claiming that managers should have blocked off access to the rooftop balconies of Tel Aviv's Azrieli Towers.

Azrieli 224.88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Azrieli 224.88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The families of two people who committed suicide by jumping from the roof of Tel Aviv's Azrieli Towers are suing the center's management for NIS 10 million in compensation, reports www.local.co.il. The families are claiming that managers should have known that the buildings, famed for being the tallest in Israel, would draw in young people, and that after several other suicides took place there, should have blocked off access to the rooftop balconies. According to the report, the families say that while people wishing to commit suicide by jumping off a building can do so from any structure a few stories tall, it is a known fact that they generally do not do so but instead seek out the tallest and most dramatic buildings, and the Azrieli Towers have attracted suicidal people from around the country. The families said that when other tall structures around the world also became "suicide magnets" - including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building in New York and the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia - their managers closed them off so that people could no longer jump off them, and this should have been done at the Azrieli Towers as well. They said that it was "highly likely" that if the two young people had arrived at the towers and found access to the balconies blocked, they would still be alive today. An Azrieli spokesman said the company's response would be presented in court.