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Israel attempting to privatize national parks

Opponents spearhead 'Nature not for sale' campaign targeting tourists, hikers, social media.

Mount Tabor is one of the parks targeted.Sharon Udasin reports in the Jerusalem Post that two organizations have launched campaigns against the government's attempt to privatize national parks, arguing that lands of national consequence should be under national administration.

"Both the Society for the Protection of Nature and liberal NGO Ir Amim have launched in the past two days parallel but unrelated campaigns against government plans to privatize 120 national parks.

Led by MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima), the government bill that would make the parks available for sale passed by majority vote in its preliminary Knesset reading on July 27.

Among the parks slated for privatization, SPNI expressed specific concern about Palmachim Beach, the Judean Mountains National Park, Mekorot Hayarkon National Park, Hof Hasharon, the Carmel, Mount Tabor, the Alexander River and Masada..."

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Posted: September 21, 2011

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