KKL Finland delegation at the accessible recreation area donated by them in the Naftali Mountains Forest.
(photo credit: DENNIS ZINN KKL-JNF)
The delegation, comprised of 16 KKL Finland members, took part in the festive tour that spanned the entire length of the country from the top of the Northern Galilee to the Arava in the south. The aim of the trip was to highlight a spectrum of KKL-JNF’s ecological activities, some of which were also sponsored by KKL Finland. Members of the Finish KKL delegation were also quick to point out at every turn that their mission also marks their country’s 100th year of Independence from Russia and Israel’s 70th anniversary of Independence.
The tour guide was Dave Hasenson, who is of Finnish descent, and often served as a translator for the group. He said that members of this particular KKL Finland group were all Christian supporters of Israel, who strongly believe in the Jewish right to the land of Israel.
For many, the highlight of the entire trip to Israel was the inauguration of the Yiftah Accessible Picnic and Recreation Area in the Naftali Mountains Forest near Tzfat in the Upper Galilee, which was funded by KKL Finland.
Waiting on site to meet the group was KKL-JNF Chief of Protocol Andy Michelson, who presided over the event. He told the guests that they were in one of the most beautiful places in northern Israel, and that their contribution had made it easier for everyone to come and visit the forest.
“I also must mention the fact that KKL Finland was already active in collecting money to plant trees in Israel 30 years before the establishment of the State. That sort of commitment exists only when people believe that the cause is just and right.”
Finish citizen and KKL Finland Board Member Samuel Weiner, who is currently a Ph.D. student of Middle Eastern History at Haifa University, also arrived for the event. He said that he was thrilled to be there together with other members of KKL Finland.
“Forests are dear to me as they are to most Finns. However, here in Israel, the forests are even more special because they were planted by hand. When one plants a tree, one is investing in the future for the benefit of the country and its children. May these projects be a great blessing for our two countries, Israel and Finland.”
Read more and see photos of the KKL Finland 100 Years mission