Family hike near Kiryat Shmona
Photo: Avihu Shapira

Millions of Israelis enjoyed nature during Passover

Masses of Israelis spent holiday in forests, nature reserves. JNF: We cannot recall such an active Passover

A moment before the holiday ends and people return to work, it’s time for a roundup. The Jewish National Fund reports a record number of Israelis heading out to nature.


More than 2 million Israelis visited JNF forests and sites, leaving over 750 tons of trash and litter. JNF workers regularly emptied on-site trash cans 2-3 times per day.


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The Parks and Nature Authority reported that on Monday alone, 100,000 people visited reserves throughout the country. Over the span of the week, 1.2 million Israelis visited sites, the most popular being: Yarkon National Park, Palmachim National Park, Banias Nature Reserve, Tel Dan Nature Reserve, Caesarea National Park and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

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An Israeli family at Park Horshim (Photo: Shahar Hai)


Efi Stenzler, Chair of the JNF, said: “This Passover holiday, there was an unprecedented number of visitors at the sites we manage – the most ever. We cannot recall another Passover that was as happy and active as this past week which saw a rise of 10-15% over our usual number of visitors.”


The warm, muggy conditions which affected the entire country, kept Magen David Adom busy. According to the emergency medical services, they responded to over 100 calls involving difficulty breathing.


Tomorrow, over the Mimouna holiday, hundreds of thousands are expected to spend the day in JNF parks.


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פרסום ראשון: 04.01.13, 23:11