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Jewish Community Sends Condolences to Saudi King Following Deadly Hajj Stampede

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Over 450 people died during his year's Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Photo: Omar Chatriwala via Wikimedia Commons.

More than 700 people died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Photo: Omar Chatriwala via Wikimedia Commons.

A major international Jewish organization sent a condolence letter to Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday, expressing sorrow over last week’s deadly stampede near Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, The Algeminer has learned.

Writing on behalf of the organization’s affiliated Jewish communities and Jews around the world, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder and CEO Robert Singer extended their “most sincere and deepest condolences” over the tragedy that killed more than 700 Muslim pilgrims.

“What should have been a moment of spiritual uplift during the Hajj became instead a moment of sorrow, and we join you in mourning for the souls of the hundreds of pilgrims who will not return to their families,” the letter stated.

The WJC leaders said they hope Saudi Arabia “and all of Islam find strength in the memory of those whose lives were cut short, and may we, together, dedicate ourselves to bringing harmony into our world so that we — Muslims, Jews and Christians — may together worship our common God with love and in peace.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your nation,” Lauder and Singer concluded.

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