KKL-JNF Vice Chairman Hernán Felman with Ambassador Búcaro at unveiling of the new playground.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
On February 25, their first day of their week-long visit to Israel, a delegation of mayors and governors from Guatemala unveiled the new Guatemala Garden (Gan Guatemala), established in Jerusalem as a sign of friendship and unity between Israel and Guatemala.
“The ties which unite Israel and Guatemala are those of permanent friendship,” said Guatemalan ambassador to Israel Mario Búcaro, who hosted the Guatemalan delegation while they were in Israel. “With the inauguration of this park, we want the future generations of children in Guatemala to have a park they share with the children of Israel.”He said the delegation had come to Israel in order to strengthen their friendship with Israel and to gain inspiration from Israeli academic leaders, scientists and technology experts, in addition to local mayors.
“There can’t be development without community and education,” he said. “By moving the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem [in May] we have provided a window of opportunity to discuss important issues of peace and development and it allows us to leave a legacy here in this Holy Land.”
The delegation was welcomed to the park - an extended playground located below the Jerusalem Tisch Family Zoo - by KKL-JNF Vice President Hernan Felman, who recalled the pivotal role played by Jorge Garcia Granados, Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations and member of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, in the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
“Ambassador Granados and Guatemala will forever be engraved in Israeli hearts,” said Felman. He also noted the “courage and valor” demonstrated by Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales in moving the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem. “The unveiling of this park today is another symbol of our eternal friendship.”
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