The Board of Deputies of British Jews says it’s “devastated” by the deadly stampede in Meron.
“We are devastated at the news that a celebration for the festival of Lag B’Omer has led to such a tragic loss of life. Lag B’Omer traditionally celebrates the cessation of death of religious students from a terrible plague in Roman times. It is a bitter irony that the day will now become partly known as a day of mourning for the families affected,” says its president, Marie van der Zyl, in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and with the families of the deceased.”