1,000,000 Visitors Celebrate Yom Haatzmaut at KKL-JNF Sites

Approximately one million people celebrated the state of Israel's 66th Independence Day at recreation areas and picnic sites in KKL-JNF forests and parks throughout the country. About 400,000 people were in the central and coastal plane region, with a record amount in Ben Shemen Forest. Thousands participated in special outings organized by KKL-JNF in honor of Israel Independence Day.

May 11, 2014 09:40
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1,000,000 Visitors-1. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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 From the early morning hours of Israel Independence Day, holiday vacationers took to the roads throughout Israel. Early risers hurried to "get a spot" in the Ben Shemen and Haruvit forests in the central region, in Yatir and Hamalachim forests in the south, and in Biriya and Baram forests in the north. 

Every year, Independence Day is a holiday when a record amount of visitors come to the forests, recreation sites and parks developed and maintained by KKL-JNF with the help of its friends worldwide. KKL-JNF foresters patrolled the forests, distributed biodegradable garbage bags to the visitors and explained about fire prevention rules. 
KKL-JNF organized special outings during the holiday for people of all ages. Hundreds of people participated in them. In the central region, the most popular activity was a special family outing on the 1948 Trail in Rabin Park that included activities led by KKL-JNF National Service volunteers; in the north there was an outing entitled "How a Border is Born" that told the story of how Hanita was founded and of the reality along the border from the 1980s until today; and in the south there was an Independence Day hike in the western Negev in the footsteps of past and present-day pioneers.

                                       For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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