Published: 2017-10-05 15:21
Last Updated: 2017-10-05 15:25
An urgent shipment of palm leaves was shipped earlier this week from Gaza to Israel, as Jews celebrating Sukkot, according to an official Israeli website.
The decision, which was approved by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, was taken to avoid the Israeli market running out of palm fronds during the Jewish holiday.
At the eight days of Sukkot, which started on Wednesday, Jews build a sukkah (a booth) using palm fronds to build the hut’s roof. The sukkah represents the temporary shelters Jews used in their forty-year-journey in the Egyptian desert.
The shipment was coordinated by representatives from the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, through Kerem Shalom commercial border.
“Alongside the thousands of tons of fruit and vegetables every week, we also coordinate unusual shipments like this one, that made its way to every part of the country,” said Uri Madar, agriculture coordinator at the Israeli government.
“Blessings will be said in Israel on thousands of lulavs produced in Gaza,” Madar carried on.
Since 2207, Israel imposed a restricted siege on the Gaza Strip, leaving more than two million Palestinians living dire circumstances in what critics describes as the biggest open-air prison in the world.