November 21, 2011 – Funeral for the Dead Sea

In response to the rejection of a bill to protect & rehabilitate the Dead Sea put forth to the Israeli Parliament by MK Dov Hanin: EcoPeace Middle East held a funeral procession for the Dead Sea

November 21, 2011

Environmental activists from EcoPeace Middle East held today (Monday, November 21, 2011) a funeral procession for the Dead Sea opposite the Israeli Parliament building. This is in response to the rejection by the Ministerial Committee of the proposed bill to protect and rehabilitate the Dead Sea, put forward by MK Dov Hanin.

The activists came to the Parliament dressed in black, holding a stretcher that carried a symbolic corpse of the Dead Sea. The funeral procession was to protest the long, ongoing neglect of the Dead Sea by governmental authorities, exposed during yesterday’s Ministerial Committee vote that rejected the proposed bill to protect and rehabilitate the Dead Sea. This bill suggests full and comprehensive solutions to the challenges facing the dying Sea, and is urgently needed in order to save it. EcoPeace Middle East call on the Israeli government to adopt the bill, and to make the rehabilitation of the Dead Sea high priority.

MK Dov Hanin, who initiated the bill to protect and rehabilitate the Dead Sea, said during the event: “It’s easy to ‘SMS’ for the Dead Sea, but much harder to support it with a real vote. We should not miss the opportunity – the Dead Sea is indeed dying right before our eyes. Only with comprehensive handling of the situation, as the bill proposes, will we able to halt its degradation and turn things around.”

Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East, said that “geographically the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is also the lowest priority for the State of Israel, as was seen in the Ministerial Committee’s vote yesterday. Rehabilitation of the Dead Sea in the spirit of this bill includes: the return of water to the Sea from the Lower Jordan River, less pumping from the Northern Basin of the Sea, harvesting of salt sediments financed by the Industries, and a halt to the Red Dead Canal project – essential in order for future generations to enjoy this shared wonder of nature, ours and our neighbors from Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.”

Click here to view photos of the event.

For more information:
Mira Edelstein, Foreign Media Officer, EcoPeace Middle East: 054-6392937
Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East: 052-4532597