IDF cancels Lag B’Omer celebrations on Mount Meron in light of Hezbollah attacks

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar at a bonfire during the celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag B'Omer at Mount Meron in northern Israel on May 11, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar at a bonfire during the celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag B'Omer at Mount Meron in northern Israel on May 11, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The IDF Home Front Command has canceled Lag B’Omer celebrations at Mount Meron later this month, following a new assessment.

Hezbollah has attacked Mount Meron, which is located some eight kilometers (5 miles) from the Lebanon border, several times amid the ongoing war, launching large barrages of rockets at the mountain, as well as guided missiles at the Israeli air traffic control base that sits atop it.

Police have been requested by the military to enforce preventing worshippers from reaching the mountain between May 24 and 27, when an annual pilgrimage takes place.

Normally, tens of thousands of observant Jews visit the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai on the mountain during Lag B’Omer.

There are no other changes to instructions for civilians in the area, the IDF says.

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