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Photo Essay: A Tu B´Shvat Look at Israel´s Trees

Trees have accompanied the Jewish return to Zion and continue to play a central role in reviving the Jewish homeland. A look at the trees of Israel on Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for Trees.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 2/19/2006, 3:38 PM / Last Update: 2/13/2006, 2:53 PM

Gush Etzion residents planting various fruit trees in Sde Boaz, where a home was destroyed last month. Amona Residents planted Sunday and lay a cornerstone as well.
Trees planted in Gush Katif last Tu B'Shvat by participants in an Arutz-7/Kumah trip.
A Jewish family burns the garden they planted and cultivated over recent decades during the expulsion of Jews from Gaza last summer.
An olive tree is reborn. Old olive stumps can begin growing again when watered. (Photo: Michelle Brocco)
Figs grow all across Israel, but can be seen in particular abundance in Judea and Samaria.
A flowering almond tree with a date palm in the background at the Canada Park. (Photo: Michelle Brocco)
A carob tree planted by residents at the ecological Gush Etzion community of Sde Boaz.
A Jewish vineyard that today became permissible to eat from during the coming season. According to Jewish law, Jews are required to wait three Tu B'Shvats before consuming the fruit of trees or vines.
Kumquats growing in a Jerusalem garden. (Photo: Michelle Brocco)
Cherries growing in Gush Etzion's Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim. The Kibbutz hosts a cherry festival every June, where partitipants can pick cherries, blackberries and rasberries to their hearts' content.
Mulberries picked from trees at Massuot Yitzchak, a pre-1948 Jewish village, destroyed by Arab armies. It was recently repopulated and is now home to a dozen residents and a coffee shop, but is still considered an "unauthorized outpost" by the government.
A recently rescued Gush Etzion forest, planted by the JNF, which the government intended to cut down in order to build the Partition Fence.
According to Jewish law it is prohibited to grow any trees on the Temple Mount. The Islamic Wakf continues to plant hundreds of olive trees there, upon Judaism's holiest site.
Horses lounging beneath olive trees at the Gvaot Olam organic farm in the Shomron. The farm's owner, Avri Ran, was recently aquitted, and has returned to his family.
Cypress trees in the Modi'in region. (Michelle Brocco)
Teenagers in Tel Aviv enjoy the shade of a date palm.

(Photos: Ezra HaLevi and Michelle Brocco)