Ein Gedi nature reserve 521.
Some 200,000 people visited nature reserves and national parks last
Saturday alone, according to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Roughly
65,000 visited reserves and parks with entrance fees and another estimated
130,000 visited free sites. INPA official Uzi Barzilai said that the numbers
represented an increase from last year.
“Since the beginning of the
holiday, more than half a million visitors came to reserves and parks. I expect
that through the remainder of the holiday we’ll see more and more people coming
out to hike in the reserves and parks – including the religious
‘Human wave’ protests Betzet resort plan
More than 1,000 people
took part in a demonstration this week against the construction of a beach
resort and shopping center in Betzet. The participants formed a kilometer-long
“human wave” along the shore. While adults were encouraged to sign a petition
against the construction, performances and activities took place for
Organizers claimed that construction on the coastline would
harm valuable open spaces by fragmenting access to the beach and would cause
environmental damage with noise, light, air and water pollution.
beach must be preserved without construction for the sake of nature and the
valuable landscape,” a statement said.
Umm el-Fahm holds ‘J’lem is in
Thousands of people went to Umm el-Fahm last week to participate
in an rally held under the banner, “Al-Quds [Jerusalem] is in danger,” promoted
by the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch. The event was held at the city’s
soccer stadium. Turkish and Palestinian flags were flown at the event alongside
calls of: “With our spirit and blood we will redeem Al- Quds.”
praised the prisoner exchange deal reached last week that was expected to see
Israeli Arab and Palestinian prisoners freed in exchange for captive IDF soldier
Two arrested for hate graffiti in Safed
were arrested last week on suspicion that they spray-painted graffiti reading
“Death to Jews” on four synagogues and a car in Safed earlier the same day.
During a police interrogation, the two admitted to spray-painting the graffiti
and claimed that it was in response to the torching of a mosque in the Galilee
village of Tuba Zanghariya the week before.
Israel’s first bicycle traffic light
Israel’s first bicycle traffic light was
installed last week across from the Opera Tower in Tel Aviv, near the
intersection of Allenby Road. The move comes following the construction of a new
bicycle lane stretching the length of the city’s Herbert Samuel Promenade. The
unorthodox traffic light was installed with the aim of allowing pedestrians to
safely cross the promenade to Hayarkon Street. Additional bicycle traffic
lights are planned along the bicycle path.
At the inauguration of the new
traffic light, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai called the light “another
reflection of the large investment the city is making in the creation of
infrastructure to encourage cycling, constituting an alternative to private
cars. Bicycle paths have become a part of the public infrastructure that serves
all of the city’s residents.”
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality has been
building more than 110 kilometers of bicycle paths throughout the city in the
past decade. Last Friday, the city hosted a cycling event that circled from the
north of the city through Jaffa and back, drawing an estimated 10,000
Yarkon River Authority gets new D-G
The Yarkon River
Authority welcomed new directorgeneral Hazi Tza’ig this week. Appointed by
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan, Tza’ig will assume responsibility
for the national park that stretches through much of the center of the country.
Tza’ig said that the new job was a challenge, as he will be charged with
protecting and managing “the most significant ‘green lung’ in the country’s most
densely populated metropolitan [area]. In addition to completing the first stage
in rehabilitating the river’s water, we will continue investing in
infrastructure development, like a continuous pedestrian promenade, bicycle
trails, bridges and recreational facilities to encourage leisure activities
along the river,” the Local website reported.
TA Israeli Museum invites
families for Succot
The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv
is holding specially discounted tours for adults and children over Succot. The
museum presents the story of the State of Israel alongside the story of Yitzhak
Rabin’s life through unique content, architecture and advanced display
technology, in a way that relates to the whole family and tells the story to
future generations. The interactive exhibit is available with English, Spanish,
French, Russian, Arabic and Hebrew audio tours that include translations for the
over 180 films and documentaries available for viewing. The special holiday
price of NIS 20 will continue until October 28.
Huldai slams security
forces over ‘price tag’ attacks
Following the desecration and vandalism of
Muslim and Christian cemeteries in Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai came
out strongly against the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Israel Police’s
lack of initiative in preventing so-called “price-tag”
“‘Price-tag’ vandals have been wandering throughout our country
for so many years and they have not been caught,” Huldai said in an interview
with Army Radio.
In the days after the cemetery vandalism, a Molotov
cocktail was thrown at a Jaffa synagogue. No injuries or serious damages were
reported in that attack.Police arrest 94 for drunk driving
94 arrests for drunk driving, confiscated 93 driver’s licenses and impounded 53
vehicles during a special Traffic Police operation in the center of the country
over the Succot holiday weekend. Additionally, 320 speeding tickets were
issued during the three-day operation aimed at saving lives and making roads
safer for travel.