The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) announced yesterday that they would boycott the 60th anniversary gala evening held by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
The reason? The Ministry supports the building of a new settlement, Mirsham, in the Lachish region.
There’s a strongly political slant to the situation, because Mirsham is slated to become the home of 45 families who were evacuated from Gaza during the disengagement. (Consequently the Jerusalem Post has dubbed the settlement approval “Orange Triumphs Over Green,” because orange was the rallying color for those who were opposed to the disengagement.)
While the Union of Gush Katif Evacuees has offered to work together with environmentalists to minimize future environmental damage, the divisive nature of the whole affair is most likely irreparable, at least from this Prophet’s point of view.
Green Prophet has featured the SPNI in several articles:
Israel to Start Drilling for Oil in a Nature Reserve
Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection to Clean Up the Kinneret
Urban Renewal Brings Jews and Arabs Together in Haifa