World leaders, Jewish orgs send Israel condolences amid Mt. Meron tragedy

Written by on April 30, 2021

Leaders and large-scale Jewish organization around the world offered their condolences and prayers to Israel following the stampede at the Mt. Meron Lag Ba’Omer celebration that has so far killed 44 and injured at least 150 Thursday night.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Israel tonight following the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron,” said Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Advisor. “We offer our condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this disaster, and wish a full and swift recovery to those injured.”

Our hearts go out to the people of Israel tonight following the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron. We offer our condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this disaster, and wish a full and swift recovery to those injured.

— Jake Sullivan (@JakeSullivan46) April 30, 2021

Emanuele Giaufret, EU Ambassador to Israel, said that he was “deeply saddened by the terrible news of injuries and deaths at the Lag Ba’omer celebration on Mount Meron. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes of speedy recovery to all those that were injured.”

Deeply saddened by the terrible news of injuries and deaths at Lag Ba’omer celebration on Mount Meron. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes of speedy recovery to all those that were injured.

— Emanuele Giaufret (@EGiaufretEU) April 30, 2021

The European Union also extended its “deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the people of Israel,” an EU spokesperson said in a statement.

The Australian Foreign Ministry wrote that they were “shocked and saddened by the tragic events at Mount Meron,” and wished “a swift recovery” for those who were injured.

Similar condolences were also extended by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

“Deeply saddened at the tragedy in Israel at Mount Meron during the celebrations of Lag Ba’omer,” said Jaishankar. “Extend my condolences and wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote that he was “deeply saddened by a tragic crush at a religious gathering,” adding that “Ukraine stands by Israel at this dark hour.”

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Mount Meron,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with all Israelis tonight, and we mourn with the families and friends who lost their loved ones.”

“We were shocked and saddened to learn about the horrible disaster that took place in Israel today, which left dozens dead and injured,” said the Jewish Federations of North America. “On this day, Lag Ba’omer, we send a special prayer to those who have been affected by this tragedy.” 

“Jews around the world are deeply saddened by this horrific loss of life among worshipers,” the World Jewish Congress tweeted. “We mourn with those whose loved ones perished and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

“Our hearts are with everyone at the Mt. Meron Lag Ba’omer celebration in Israel today,” said the American Jewish Committee. “We pray for the recovery of those injured and mourn for the families who lost loved ones in this unspeakable tragedy. May their memories be a blessing.”

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson also reacted to the “devastating scenes at the Lag B’Omer festival in Israel”, saying that his “thoughts are with the Israeli people and those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.”

Devastating scenes at the Lag B’Omer festival in Israel. My thoughts are with the Israeli people and those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 30, 2021

We are devastated at the news that a celebration for the festival of Lag Ba’omer has led to such a tragic loss of life. Lag Ba’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,” Board of Deputies of British Jews president Marie van der Zyl said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and with the families of the deceased.” 

A statement from the President of the Board of Deputies, Marie van der Zyl, on the terrible tragedy at Meron, Israel. pic.twitter.com/MbZzwaEvet

— Board of Deputies of British Jews (@BoardofDeputies) April 30, 2021

 

Statements continue to roll in as the scope of the tragedy broadens and emergency services attempt to treat the injured. Worshipers are still trapped at the holy site, with 300 buses waiting on standby to rescue them.

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