Leaving the ultra-Orthodox High and Dry

The public hardly noticed when official mismanagement led to dangerous traffic jams at this year's Lag Ba'omer celebrations at Mount Meron, because the ultra-Orthodox are seen as second-class citizens.

More than 500 people suffered from dehydration during the Lag Ba’omer celebration at Mount Meron earlier this week, and dozens of them had to be taken to the hospital. The problem occurred when the bus system that was supposed to operate shuttles to and from the site broke down, and thousands of people were left sweltering in the hot sun.