British Jewish umbrella group ‘devastated’ by Meron disaster

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.”

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