Projects and Partners for Coexistence
KKL-JNF has partners and friends worldwide who share its vision of advancing harmony between people and their environment in Israel and around the world. As Israel's largest green organization, it initiates projects that have both local and global impact. KKL-JNF offices in countries throughout the world serve as a bridge that creates a global network for protecting the environment and promoting projects in the fields of ecology, water, research and development, forestry, international cooperation, and more. Visitors to Israel from abroad often make a point of visiting projects funded by international friends of KKL-JNF, seeing for themselves how the world is in fact a global community.
We present just a few examples of KKL-JNF sponsored projects to encourage coexistence between Israel's many ethnicities and religions, undertaken with the support of its friends and partners worldwide.
Hura – Wadi Attir Project
United States, Netherlands
Together with the Negev Bedouin, KKL-JNF is developing an environmental tourism project, the first of its kind and for the benefit of the Negev Bedouin community: a cooperative organic farm combining traditional Bedouin agriculture and modern technology.
The historic, northern port city of Akko has a population of some 50,000, comprising Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Baha’is. KKL-JNF creates beautiful parks in and develops eco-education projects for the youth of this western Galilee city. Currently, the creation of a luscious Mediterranean Botanical Garden is under way.
KKL-JNF has created an active recreation area near the Druze village of Isifya in the Galilee, as part of the rehabilitation of the Mt. Carmel forests following the December 2010 wildfire. The park is an expression of the warm relations between KKL-JNF and the Israeli Druze community and is only one of other KKL-JNF projects for the benefit of the community.
Sakhnin Water Purification Plant
KKL-JNF helped to establish a new constructed wetland and to conduct preliminary research in the field of recycled water together with the community of the Israeli Arab city of Sakhnin. This project focuses on cooperation between young Jews and Arabs in environmental education, working together to achieve environmental goals.
Jerusalem Hills Bicycle Trail – Ein Rafah
KKL-JNF, together with the cycling community in the Arab village of Ein Rafa, developed a 12-km singletrack loop bicycle trail that crosses the village and continues into the Jerusalem Hills, allowing riders to enjoy the magnificent scenery in the area. The trail is a unique project, the first bicycle trail KKL-JNF developed in cooperation with an Arab community.
Dalton-Jish Coexistence Path
KKL-JNF's Dalton-Jish Path is a 2½-kilometer path connecting two neighboring communities in the Upper Galilee: the Jewish community of Moshav Dalton, and the Arab village of Jish (known in Hebrew as Gush Halav). The new pedestrian path creates a safe and pleasant link between the two communities, enhancing neighborly relations in the area