Eurovision Contestants Plant Trees in Israel.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Twenty young singers from different countries in Europe, who are taking part in Eurovision 2016, arrived in Israel for a short visit. On Tuesday, April 12, they enjoyed the experience of planting trees at the KKL-JNF Tree Planting Center in The President's-Tzora Forest.
“It was a thrilling sensation to feel the earth in my hands and plant a tree,” said Rykka from Switzerland. “I was surprised to see how green Israel is. I was expecting to see a desert, and here we are, standing in a forest.”
The Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Stockholm, Sweden, in May, with 43 participating countries. The Eurovision representatives came to Israel with support from the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Tel Aviv Municipality and KKL-JNF.
Speaking to the visitors who were representing different countries in Europe, KKL-JNF executive board member, Ms. Barbara Goldstein, said, “You’ve all come here from countries with an abundance of natural forests that were planted by God, but our forests have been planted by man. KKL-JNF has planted more than 240 million trees throughout the land of Israel to date, and today you’re planting twenty more trees, which give life to the Holy Land. Each of you has come here with the sounds of your music, and now you’re all getting to hear the music that comes from the trees here, from the birds, the wind, and today even the rain.”
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