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Deputy minister orders end of Lag B’Omer events at Mount Meron after clashes

Ultra-Orthodox pilgrims clash with police during Lag B'Omer celebrations at Mount Meron in northern Israel on May 19, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox pilgrims clash with police during Lag B'Omer celebrations at Mount Meron in northern Israel on May 19, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana announces the end of Lag B’Omer events at Mount Meron after dozens of Haredi men broke through barricades at Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s tomb site and clashed with police.

In a statement, Kahana accuses “groups of extremist fanatical Sicarii” of intentionally sabotaging the festivities. He backs the actions of police, which he says were meant “to protect lives.”

Kahana adds that police are working to wrap up events in the coming hours.

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