Group Holds Levaya for the Dead Sea

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dead-seaThe symbolic corpse of the Dead Sea was “laid to rest” outside the Knesset building in Yerushalayim on Monday, about a week and a half after it lost its bid to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

The “funeral procession” was held in protest of the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs’ decision on Sunday to reject the Dead Sea Protection and Rehabilitation Bill.

Members of Friends of the Earth Middle East, who embarked on the funeral march dressed in black, say the bill is the Dead Sea’s last hope and that the government’s failure to support it deals a critical blow to the lake.

‘With deep sorrow and profound grief we regret to inform you of the untimely demise of the scarce Dead Sea,” the organization members wrote in an “obituary”.

The bill, formulated by Adam Teva V’Din – Israel Union for Environmental Defense, was submitted by Knesset Members Dov Khenin, who also took part in the “burial”.

“In order to take advantage of the minerals in the Dead Sea waters, the franchiser set up evaporation ponds on dozens of square kilometers, within the Dead Sea area, by building shoreline sections around them.

“In order to maintain production, the water level in the ponds must be raised, and this requires raising the shoreline sections from time to time.

“Over the years, the franchiser’s work caused damage to the Dead Sea. The ongoing flooding of the southern lake on the one hand, and the dehydration of the northern lake on the other hand, cause a by-product in the form of salt to pile up at the bottom of the lake.

“This has far-reaching implications which could, if they are not fixed as soon as possible, become irreversible. During the production process carried out by the franchiser, the salt piling up at the bottom of the lake serves as industrial waste. The factory creating the waste should bear the cost of its clearance.”

{Yediot Achronot/Matzav.com Newscenter}

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  1. THE DEAD SEA YES FIRST OF 7 WONDERS WHERE THE DEAD SEA STROLLS WERE FOUND. WITHOUT GOD THEIR WOULD BE NO CHOICES OF THE 7 WONDERS. THE 7 WONDERS SUBMITTED LOOKED MORE IT IT WAS PULLED OUT OF A HAT THEN STUDYING THE TRUE WONDERS. GOD CREATED THE WORLD THEN ISRAEL WAS THE FIRST LOCATION OF THE JEWISH BIBLE WHERE IT ALL STARTED. GOD IS THE 7 WONDERS

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