July 10, 2007 – Big Jump! into the Jordan River

Six Mediterranean countries make the splash to clean up their Rivers

July 10, 2007, Tel Aviv and Amman

On Sunday, July 15th, six (6) Mediterranean countries will simultaneously JUMP into their local Rivers, joining the European bi-annual BIG JUMP event that calls on governments to take action in cleaning up their local waterways.

The Jordan River, polluted and drying up, will this year join the Alexandria River (Egypt), the Emilia-Romagna Adriatic coastline (Italy), the Tanger (Morocco), Catalonia (Spain) and the Rhפne River (France).

In partnership with the Anna Lindh Foundation, EcoPeace Middle East has organized the event to be held at the PEACE ISLAND, at 16:00 on Sunday, July 15th.

Together with Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian mayors of the Jordan Valley, a Rabbi, Priest and Imam will also partake in the event, highlighting the importance of the Jordan River for all the peoples in the region and for all 3 religions.

“Following the listing of the Jordan River as a World Endangered Cultural Heritage Site by the World Monuments Fund it is imperative that the rehabilitation of the Jordan remains on the public agenda,” said Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East in Tel-Aviv. “The Big Jump with mayors in bathing suits is on the one hand fun, but the message is serious.”

The event will include short readings about water & peace from the Holy Scriptures, each by its religious representative, followed by the Mayors of the region jumping together into the river, and then kayaking a short stretch of water to the juncture of the Jordan and Yarmouk Rivers.

“Israel has dammed up the Jordan River at Degania, and Syria and Jordan have stopped the Yarmouk. The stench of raw sewage is all that is now left flowing in the Jordan. The Jordan is so polluted that in fact we will do the ‘Big Jump’ in what is left of the Yarmouk and kayak to the Jordan,” said Munqeth Mehyar, Jordanian Director of EcoPeace in Amman.

Registration required – entrance onto the Peace Island (Jordan) is only allowed with prior sign up and passport details.
Transportation provided from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
For more information, please contact Mira Edelstein 054-6392937