Millions of Israelis elected to stay home this Passover season and tour the nation’s wonders rather than travel abroad.
According to figures released by Keren Kayemet L'Israel-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), more than two million Israelis visited forests and public parks over the course of the week-long holiday.
Ben Shemen Forest near Jerusalem, Carmel Forest in the Haifa area, and Agamon Hula in the Galilee’s Hula Valley were among the most popular, KKL-JNF reported.
The organization held numerous events during the holiday, with free tours offered during the intermediate days last week at Lahav Forest, British Park, Adulam-France Park, Tzora Forest, Aminadav Forest, US Independence Forest (Nes Harim), Sataf, Ayalon-Canada Park, and Ben Shemen Forest, among others.
The organization’s staff was needed as well: figures indicated that more than 750 tons of trash and litter were removed from Israeli forests and parks during the holiday.