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A Quick Guide To Travelling By Bike in the Middle East

You can cycle through the Middle East, with some advance planning: ie burka coverings for women going through Saudi Arabia, and special VISAs for Syria. Image via Tyson Manering while cycling through Jordan. Bicycle touring enthusiasts interested in going on biking tours of the Middle East are now discovering that this sport is not just […]

Stephen Colbert on Israel’s National Bird

When Israel declared its new national bird, the hoopoe, Green Prophet was on the story. Little did we know that so was American fake newscaster Stephen Colbert, complete with Hebrew pronunciation. “Congratulations, Israel. Just as America soars like the might eagle, may you emulate the noble long-billed hoopoe by squirting fecal matter at intruders,” says […]

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Israeli Eco Tourism Welcomes the Yurt

If you don’t know what a yurt is, have no fear.  Most people don’t (including yours truly).  But yurts, with their portability, suitability for nature trips, and simple low-tech structures are highly suitable for eco-tourism – so they definitely deserve our attention.  And it certainly is exciting that yurts are entering the Israeli tourism scene. […]

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Leave No Trace: Ecologically Responsible Hiking

It’s September already and officially the end of the summer (not that you would notice by the still-scorching Middle Eastern climate). As the temperature begins to cool down (slightly), the next couple of months offer the ideal time to hit one of the many hiking trails, forests, or natural springs in Israel. But sometimes enjoying […]

Choosing Israel's National Bird

America has one, so does Latvia and Singapore. Israel is getting ready to select it’s very own national bird — a tough choice given the volume of bird species that use Israel as a flyway every year, travelling from Africa to Europe and then back again. This green prophet is in favor of the hoopoe.

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Hikers Take On The Holy Land, A Recap

A guest post from Hazon in New York: This March 23 – 27 thirty participants from around North America and Israel hiked from the northern tip of Israel to the Sea of Galilee on the first-ever Hike for Israel, to benefit the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, based in Tel Aviv, and Hazon […]

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Jerusalem Environment & Nature Conference: 18/19 May

Green Prophet today heard about an interesting environmental conference we thought readers would like advance warning of: the Jerusalem Environment & Nature Conference, to be held at the capital’s Binyanei HaUma Conference Centre, on May 18-19. The conference features 6 sessions over the 2 days, all exploring the perspective of what has been achieved here […]

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Walking tour for a sustainable Israel

With spring just around the corner, the weather in Israel is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and getting back to nature. Before the short, but icy winter melts into the fierce summer heat, Israel’s Heschel Center for Environmental Leadership will be teaming up with Hazon in New York for a four-day hike along the northern […]

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The Battle for Israel's Palmachim Beach

It’s only February and the beach is already a hot topic in Israel, but alas, for all the wrong reasons. Work has got underway in the last few weeks to build a 350-apartment holiday resort on a virtually untouched part of Palmachim Beach, which lies midway between the cities of Tel Aviv and Ashdod. It […]

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Robbie Burns: Scotland’s Green Prophet Poet

“Gie me a spark o’ natures fire, thats a’ the learning I desire: Then, tho’ I drudge thro’ dub an’ mire at pleugh or cart, my muse, tho’ hamely in attire, may touch my heart.” Israel’s small but distinguished Scottish community may well be nursing hangovers and sore throats this week, after celebrating the anniversary […]