Canadian Minister of Public Safety Plants a Tree in the Jerusalem Hills.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
H.E. Ralph Goodale, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, plants a pistachio tree at KKL-JNF’s VIP Tree Planting Center, which is located just beneath the Kennedy Memorial in the mountains of Jerusalem.
KKL-JNF Chief of Protocol Andy Michelson greeted the Ralph Goodale and his wife Pamela, and said that by planting a tree at KKL-JNF’s VIP Tree Planting Center, they were joining a long list of dignitaries from many different countries, including heads and members of parliament, ministers of portfolios, movie stars, and more.
“It is a privilege and an honor for us to host you and the delegation accompanying you. Planting a tree here will serve as a living reminder of your visit to Jerusalem and Israel.”
Ralph Edward Goodale is Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in the present Cabinet, which is headed by Justin Trudeau. He was Canada's Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006, and leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party from 1981 to 1988. He has been the Liberal Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana since 1993. Goodale was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised on a farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan.
KKL-JNF Directorate Member Barbara Goldstein noted that tomorrow (August 1), the Jewish people will be observing the fast of the Ninth of Av, the most tragic day in the Jewish calendar when, according to tradition, both temples in Jerusalem were destroyed.
“There are almost no natural forests in Israel. All the trees you see have been planted by KKL-JNF. We don’t have natural woodlands because the various nations that conquered Israel had destroyed them all. By planting a tree, you are taking part in the redemption of the land through the work of your hands. May we all be blessed to make a difference in a world beleaguered by conflict, and may you go in peace and come visit us again in peace,” Ms. Goldstein concluded.
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