Lag Ba’Omer Tragedy at Har Meron
April 30, 2021 – This update is provided from The Jewish Federations of North America and is current as of 8:48am EST.
At least 45 Israelis were killed overnight in Israel’s worst-ever peace time tragedy, following a stampede during a religious celebration at Har Meron in the Galillee. This coming Sunday has been declared a day of national mourning.
Background: Lag Ba’Omer at Har Meron
Jewish Federation’s partner, the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), will begin providing trauma services to first responders, police, and other professionals who witnessed the tragedy. In addition, ITC are reaching out to a number of municipalities where most of the victims originated, to provide assistance with the burial of all 45 victims today.
The Jewish Federations of North America issued a statement earlier that read, “We were shocked and saddened to learn about the horrible disaster that took place in Israel today which left dozens dead and injured. On this day, Lag BaOmer, when we honor the Jewish spirit, we send a special prayer to those who have been affected by this tragedy.”
JFNA’s Israel office is in close touch with its partners on the ground, and JewishColumbus will keep you apprised of developments.
Sources: Ynet, N12 Israel News, The Times of Israel, Galei Tzahal Radio, The Jerusalem Post, Walla! News, IDF Spokesperson.