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    JNF: Tu Bishvat sees record tree planting
    Jewish National Fund said over 600,000 new trees planted over holiday weekend; expects week-long events to see a million more new saplings

    The Jewish National Fund reported that a new record has been set this Tu Bishvat, as over 600,000 new trees were planted over the holiday weekend.


    According to JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzle, this year's Tu Bishvat (Israel's Arbor Day) events, which span the entire week, will see over a million new saplings planted in forests and parks nationwide.


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    Over 260 cities, towns and communities participated in the JNF's annual planting event Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of Israelis used the sunny day and came out in droves to celebrate the trees' annual holiday.


    Planting near Jerusalem (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)


    According to Stenzle, 2013's Tu Bishvat's planting venture will set a new record.


    "We want to thank the hundreds of thousands of people who came out today and took part in Tu Bishvat's events in Israel," he said.


    Israel, he added, "Is the only country in the world to have more trees in the 21st century than in the previous one… We're creating a green lung that will benefit all of us."



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    Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
    Planting in Modiin
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