Independence Day bbq 187.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
At least 1.5 million Israelis headed to Jewish National Fund (JNF) parks and forests to celebrate Israel's 63rd Independence Day on Tuesday, up 200,000 from last year, Army Radio reported.
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The prideful celebrators filled the parks with the sublime scent of barbecue foods, and also left their fair share of garbage. Army Radio said that at least 400 tons were collected.
The report added optimistically that 400 tons was down from 2010's 450 tons, despite a larger number of people going to the outdoors in order to revel in the fantastic weather that graced this year's Independence Day.
The amount of Israelis in national parks and forests was so great this
year that the JNF was forced to make an official announcement ordering
additional visitors to steer clear of several parks, saying they had
reached their maximum capacity.
At least 30,000 others visited nature reserves, urban parks, and
museums, also causing some of these sites to close their doors to the
public once the limit visitors was reached.
Forest officials began their cleanup of the national parks and forests
Tuesday night, collecting garbage and combing the sites for lit
charcoals, working to prevent the possibility of a forest fire. Army
Radio reported a number of small, localized fires were put out by the
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