Israel’s parks brace for a million litterbugs
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Israel’s parks brace for a million litterbugs

Foresters will be spread out across the country to help ensure a safe Independence Day

People picnicking and barbecuing in Jerusalem's Sacher Park on Independence Day 2011 (photo credit: Sophie Gordon/Flash 90)
People picnicking and barbecuing in Jerusalem's Sacher Park on Independence Day 2011 (photo credit: Sophie Gordon/Flash 90)

Park employees will be in the field Tuesday, prepared to hand out garbage bags to the million-plus visitors expected at Israel’s green spaces to celebrate Independence Day, which begins Monday evening and ends Tuesday night.

“Last year more than a million people visited KKL-JNF parks and forests across the country and this year, in light of the heightened activity during recent holidays, we expect upwards of 1.3 million visitors,” said KKL-JNF director Efi Stenzler.

The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund operates parks and forests across the country.

KKL-JNF said staff would be on hand throughout the holiday to receive visitors and instruct them on proper picnicking etiquette, fire safety and trash collection.

Foresters warned that barbecuing, a holiday tradition favored by many Israelis, can be extremely dangerous when not done correctly and is strictly forbidden in parks, aside from in designated areas.

More than 5,000 people have signed up to take part in a KKL-JNF online Bible quiz to coincide with the annual International Bible Quiz, taking place Tuesday morning in Jerusalem and broadcast live on Channel 1.

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