Published on : 12/02/2015
By : Arista Asmawati
On Sunday, November 29, the first trees of the new 13 acre German Social Democratic Party Forest - which is part of the German States Forest in Lehavim in the Western Negev - were planted by Bundestag Member H.E. Christian Lange and the new KKL-JNF World Chairman, Mr. Danny Atar.
Distinguished guests at the ceremony included Deputy Knesset Speaker Hilik Bar, Lehavim Mayor Eliyahu Levy, Executive Director of the KKL-JNF Resources, Development and Public Relations Division Avi Dickstein, KKL-JNF Chief Forester Dr. David Brand, and KKL-JNF Southern Region Director Ami Uliel.
“I can imagine no better way of beginning my tenure as KKL-JNF chairman than by planting trees together with our close friends from abroad. For me, this act symbolizes everything that KKL-JNF stands for – cooperation and a common effort to protect our land, our environment and everything precious to us.” Newly elected KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar was speaking at the dedication ceremony of the new Social Democratic Party (SPD) Forest, which is part of the German States Forest in the Western Negev.
The ceremony was attended by H.E. Christian Lange, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and former secretary of the SPD parliamentary group. Mr. Lange has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1998.
“I am deeply honored to have been elected to the position of KKL-JNF World Chairman,” Mr. Atar continued, thanking former KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler for his leadership of the organization during his term of office. “I especially want to congratulate Bundestag Member Lange on realizing his initiative of planting this forest. I look forward to dedicating future projects for the benefit of our land and our people. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”
After planting the first tree of the new forest, Christian Lange said that the ties between Germany and Israel “are not just between countries, they are between people. I spent time in Tel Aviv yesterday, and everywhere I went I saw German tourists. And in Berlin, there is hardly any place you can go and not hear Hebrew spoken. It would be impossible to imagine the German economy without Israeli startups. We stand together and in solidarity to uphold our shared values and way of life. Just as the trees we planted today will grow and prosper, so too the bonds between our two countries will grow stronger and stronger.”
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