A rumor of a measles outbreak at the United Hatzalah clinic in Meron spread on Wednesday causing fear for the thousands who attend the annual celebrations at the kever of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai.
The Health Ministry, who reportedly sent the message, confirmed that they had sent no such message, according to United Hatzalah President Eli Beer.
“It appears that whoever started these rumors wanted to harm the work of United Hatzalah and scare people who were celebrating at Meron into not coming to our clinic for much needed medical attention,” said Beer. “The people they hurt the most are those who need help in Meron itself. This is appalling and I cannot fathom someone spreading fear to prevent a person in need of medical attention from going to receive help. This is fake news at its worst.”