Planting and Marching Together to a Shared Future

KKL-JNF and the Marching Together to a Shared Future social movement hold a festive Tu Bishvat tree planting in the Gilboa under the theme of mutual respect for each other and the land.

February 15, 2017 17:35
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Planting and Marching Together to a Shared Future. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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As part of a unique series of joint meetings between KKL-JNF and the Marching Together to a Shared Future movement, the two organizations held a festive Tu Bishvat planting ceremony at the Gilboa cliffs in the Gidona region. The event was held under the banner of coexistence and mutual respect for each other and for the land.

The planting site is located in an area that belongs to the Southern Jordan Streams and Drainage Authority, which took part in the joint activity. The Harod stream, which is being developed by KKL-JNF as part of its commitment to rehabilitate streams and plant trees along their banks, passes through this area. At the site there is a beautiful, accessible path one kilometer long. Alongside the path is a parcel of land designated for the Marching Together NGO, which will develop and maintain it, as part of their contribution to protecting the environment.

The Marching Together to a Shared Future movement is an NGO whose goal is to promote coexistence between Jews and Arabs in the state of Israel. Collaboration with KKL-JNF is the result of a desire to connect the community to the environment, to each other, and to the environment everyone lives in.

Cooperation between KKL-JNF and the NGO began with a series of nine meetings, five in the classroom and four in the field. The festive tree planting ceremony on the banks of the stream was the first event in the field, connecting people to the environment. A week before the event, the group listened to a lecture on the importance of open spaces. This coming Friday there will be another tree planting ceremony at the village of Zarzir, and in March, the group will visit Hula Lake Park.

The tree planting ceremony on the banks of the stream was moderated by Younesh Yaakov, one of the founding visionaries of the movement.

“Tu Bishvat is the holiday of trees and nature, a natural connection between people, land and the environment. The trees that we will be planting as a joint community of Arabs and Jews will in the future create a recreation site and shade for us all. The color green is the color of hope, it is the color of the practical optimists, which is who we are. From here, at the foot of the Gilboa, we will march together to a shared future,” he said.

Read more about the Gilboa coexistence ceremony and see photos

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