Georges Touboul Memorial Grove Dedicated in Yatir Forest.
(photo credit: KKL)
Georges Touboul Memorial Grove Dedicated in Yatir Forest
A grove commemorating Georges Messaoud Touboul, a member of the KKL-JNF executive in Toulouse, France, was dedicated in Yatir Forest in the Negev. The ceremony was attended by his widow, his son, and members of a delegation from Toulouse, who are now visiting Israel.
Known for loving Israel, especially the Negev, Touboul was involved in many projects, including projects for the promotion of education in southern Israel. “It is only natural that his name be commemorated in this land, which he so loved,” said KKL-JNF Toulouse President Flavien Sellem. “Everyone involved in this tree planting project is telling his family, with all their hearts, that his name will be engraved forever among those who have been devoted to Israel.
His son, André Touboul, spoke about his father the educator. “To plant a tree is to give life. Like a child, the tree also needs to be raised and nurtured. My father planted many trees, in his way, throughout his life, as he educated his children and his students.”
Choked with tears, Pierette Touboul, who lost her husband Georges a little over a year ago, thanked the members of the delegation from France. “Thank you for being with us,” she said. “Thank you on behalf of Georges.” She gazed at the wonderful forest, which adorns the desert with greenery, and said, “These splendid forests are the results of the hard work done by our wonderful nation. This nation is all about love.”
Yatir Forest covers an area of thirty thousand dunams and is comprised of over four million trees of different species. KKL-JNF has developed scenic roads, hiking trails, historic sites and picnic areas, in the forest, for the benefit of all the inhabitants of the region, for people all faiths, and for visitors from all over Israel. Against all odds, KKL-JNF foresters have succeeded in maintaining this impressive forest in the harsh climatic conditions. Tree planting here is based on a unique method using harvested runoff. Rainwater is collected by ridges inspired by the agricultural terraces that were used by Negev dwellers in ancient times.