Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Los Angeles Parents Sue Over Sand Flies on Israel Trip

The parents of four Los Angeles County high school students who participated in a summer youth trip to Israel have sued the sponsoring organizations over a sand fly infestation.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday against the Union for Reform Judaism and the North American Federation of Temple Youth, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the lawsuit the teens were bitten by sand flies and contracted Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease which manifests itself as skin ulcers.

The lawsuit alleges that the families were not warned about sand flies and that the sponsoring groups did not provide insecticides and insect netting to protect the teens, and that the tour gave the students bug-infested bedding.

Attorney John C. Taylor, who represents the parents, said the students have required continued medical treatment, which has not been successful.

The students have been left with unhealed sores or scars, with new outbreaks.

The complaint alleges negligence, breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and willful misconduct, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Union for Reform Judaism and the North American Federation of Temple Youth did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.