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By Karin Kloosterman

Planting water in Israel



The hills leading up to Jerusalem are covered with trees. Most of the trees in Israel today were planted by the Jewish National Fund.

(Israel21c)-The Jewish National Fund isn't only about planting forests. Some of its newest water-tech projects were recently showcased in Israel. Exciting fact about Israel's land use, as the world experiences massive deforestation: Israel is the only country in the world to have a net gain of trees in the last 100 years.

This is thanks to a non-profit and visionary non-governmental organization, the Jewish National Fund (JNF)-or Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-set up in 1901 in Israel to develop the land.

Under Ottoman rule at the time, Israel was neglected and considered a backwater state infested with malaria. There was a genuine need for a long-term plan to turn things around.

Using donations from generations of Jews in the Diaspora, some 240 million trees have been planted in Israel by JNF over the last 11 decades, including a few by the Kennedys.

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