Bosnian President Plants a Tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations

“The message delivered here by all these olive trees, which symbolize peace and new life – especially in this part of the world – is a vitally important one."

March 15, 2017 17:21
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Bosnian President Plants a Tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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Mladen Ivani
ć, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, planted a tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem at a ceremony held on March 13th, 2017, during his visit to Israel with his deputation. 

The ceremony was attended by Bosnian Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak, Bosnian Ambassador to Israel Jelena Rajaković and cabinet members Andrijana Katić, Elvir Čamdžić, Nataša Zirojević and Frederick Dokić. The Israeli ministry of foreign affairs was represented by Israel’s Ambassador to Bosnia Boaz Rudkin, Director of the Balkan Department Dan Oryan and Director of the Official Guests’ Department Galit Cohen. KKL-JNF’s Chief of Protocol Andy Michelson presided over the ceremony.    

Five minutes before the Bosnian delegation came for the planting ceremony, heavy rain was still beating down on Jerusalem. However, just as the guests arrived, the rain stopped, and, after the order of events had been changed slightly, the ceremony proceeded as planned.

First of all, President Mladen Ivanić unveiled the marble plaque on the recognition wall that bears his name as the honored planter of a tree in the Grove of Nations.

Immediately afterwards, the ceremony participants hastened to the woodland to perform the actual planting before rain could catch them once more.

Israel’s Ambassador to Bosnia Boaz Rudkin recited the Planter’s Prayer in English.

The President planted the tree and covered its roots with soil, and Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Crnadak lent a helping hand.

“Hold an umbrella and water the sapling,” Michelson joked, in recognition of the irony of irrigating a young olive tree on a rainy day.

After the planting and irrigation were complete, the President of Bosnia was presented with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of KKL-JNF, marking his tree planting ceremony in the planting ceremony in the Grove of Nations.


Watch video of the tree planting ceremony with the Bosnian President

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