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Aoun Asks Wehbe to Follow Up with U.N. on Oil Spill from Israel – Naharnet

February 25, 2021 President Michel Aoun has been following up on the reports about the oil spill that has affected Israel’s entire coastline before reaching Lebanon’s shores, the National News Agency said. The agency added that Aoun has asked caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe to follow up on the issue with the U.N. and the […]

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‘Israeli enemy ship’ responsible for oil leak in Eastern Mediterranean: Lebanon’s PM – Al Arabiya

Rawad Taha, Al Arabiya English Published: 22 February ,2021 Lebanon and Israel face the strongest marine ecological disaster since the 2006 war oil spill after a recent oil leak that officials in Lebanon said has originated from “a ship of the Israeli enemy” and has now reached the southern shores of Lebanon. Lebanon’s Prime Minister […]

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Lebanon Acts after Mediterranean Oil Spill Reaches South – Naharnet

A disastrous oil spill that has blackened most of Israel’s shoreline has apparently affected Lebanon and deposits of tar have started washing up in the Lebanese south. The management of the city of Tyre’s coastal nature reserve, one of Lebanon’s last remaining sandy beaches and an important nesting site for endangered Loggerhead and Green sea […]

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Gov’t approves NIS 45m. for coastal tar spill clean up – Jerusalem Post

A gag order on publishing details about the investigation into the environmental catastrophe was partially lifted on Tuesday February 23, 2021 The government allocated some NIS 45 million for the treatment of the coastal tar spill on Tuesday, as a gag order on publishing details about the investigation into the environmental catastrophe was partially lifted.“ […]

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Editor’s note: Reports on the massive oil spill

Updated reports on the oil spill will be posted tomorrow. Those below provide background and highlight the editorial responses in The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

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Editorial – Israel needs to be struck by ecological disaster to take action – Jeusalem Post

President Reuven Rivlin, who also thanked the volunteers, said: “Now is the time for an urgent national plan before we face an unprecedented ecological disaster.” The image of a baby sea turtle covered in black tar has become the symbol of an ecological disaster that has struck Israel. Huge quantities of tar have been washed […]

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Editorial |Two Urgent Lessons From Massive Oil Spill That Engulfed Israel’s Coastline – Haaretz

Haaretz Editorial Feb. 20, 2021 Last week Israelis were exposed to the severe consequences of an oil spill at sea as they beheld the wretched sight of sea turtles soaked in pollutants and requiring emergency treatment to save them. There are serious fears of long-term damage to the rocky portion of the coastline, which is […]

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In Israel, mayo provides miracle for endangered turtles – YNET

As efforts continue to clean up coastline after country’s worst oil spill, employees at Israeli National Sea Turtle Rescue Center discover that the condiment helps wash the reptiles and flush tar from their digestive system Associated Press | Published: 02.23.21 When it comes to saving sea turtles, Israeli rescuers have discovered that mayonnaise is a […]

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Wildlife Hospital cleans, treats animals after ecological disaster – Jerusalem Post

The cleaning of the tar is done using special oils. It is a lengthy process that requires patience and an especially gentle hand. By IDAN ZONSHINE   FEBRUARY 21, 2021 Following the major ecological disaster that has befallen Israel’s shores as a result of the large amount of toxic oil spilled during a storm on Wednesday, […]

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Israel shuts Mediterranean shore after oil spill devastates coast – Al Jazeera

Activists began reporting globs of black tar on Israel’s coast last week after a heavy storm, wreaking havoc on local wildlife. 21 Feb 2021 Israel closed all its Mediterranean beaches until further notice on Sunday, days after an offshore oil spill deposited tonnes of tar across more than 160km (100 miles) of coastline in what […]

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Israel Scrambles to Clean Beaches after Massive Tar Pollution – Naharnet

February 21, 2021 Israeli authorities on Sunday warned people to keep away from the Mediterranean shore to avoid massive tar pollution, as thousands of laborers and volunteers worked to clean contaminated beaches. Powerful winds and unusually high waves pummeled Israel’s entire Mediterranean coastline over Tuesday and Wednesday, with tons of tar staining 160 kilometers of […]

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Israel investigates tar spill calamity, places inquiry under gag order – Jerusalem Post / YNET

The decision to censor the details was described by Israeli media as “irregular.” By TZVI JOFFRE, ROSSELLA TERCATIN   FEBRUARY 22, 2021 Israel’s investigation of the oil spill which has led to an unprecedented ecological disaster Mediterranean Coast in recent days has been placed under a gag order. The Haifa Magistrates Court issued the order Monday, […]

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Damage to Israeli marine environment from tar spill extreme, experts say – Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Environmental Minister Gamliel visit the area, vow to find those who are responsible for the disaster. By ROSSELLA TERCATIN   FEBRUARY 21, 2021 Israel’s beaches blackened by tar after offshore oil spill/ Reuters The environmental damage caused by the tar spill that has affected some 160 km. of the Israeli coastline […]

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Oil Spill Off Israel’s Coast Is Its Worst Maritime Pollution in Decades, and Cleanup ‘Could Take Years’ – Haaretz

Thousands of volunteers join cleaning efforts, with four sea turtles the first known fatalities. European satellite tracking points to the source as a tanker that passed through the area a week ago Zafrir RinatAlmog Ben Zikri Feb. 19, 2021 Tar that has washed up along Israel’s coast in recent days represents the country’s worse maritime […]

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Why Israel’s Choice for National Tree Is So Destructive – Haaretz

We do not deserve the olive as our national tree. Tomer Dekel Feb. 19, 2021 Recently, slightly under the radar, the Jewish National Fund held a competition to choose a national tree for Israel. Like nearly 150,000 other people, I voted. But in retrospect it turned out that I hadn’t taken my role seriously enough. […]

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Kingdom embarks on long road to sustainable waste management – Jordan Times

Awareness, proper legislation and infrastructure vital in instilling recycling habits, say officials and environmentalists By Sarah Abu Zaid – Feb 16,2021 AMMAN — Jordan is working on multiple fronts to increase awareness and improve infrastructure in order to reduce waste and boost recycling habits, which would benefit not only the environment, but the economy too, […]

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Israeli Beaches Polluted With Tar, Possibly From Oil Tankers, Prompting Fear for Wildlife – Haaretz

Zafrir RinatAlmog Ben ZikriNoa ShpigelFeb. 18, 2021 The pollution, which has affected mostly beaches in the Sharon and Carmel regions, has covered wildlife near the beaches with the black substance A string of beaches along the Mediterranean coast from the Galilee to Ashkelon have become polluted over the past two days with large quantities of […]

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Dead whale washes on Ashkelon beach, likely killed by tar – Jerusalem Post /YNET / Haaretz

Dead whale washes on Ashkelon beach, likely killed by tar – Jerusalem Post Reports also indicated that several sea turtles also washed up dead, but this has yet to be confirmed. A dead whale washed ashore Nitzan Beach near Ashkelon on Thursday, Israeli media reported, after it was first spotted by surfers. According to Nature […]

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Red Sea coral reefs ‘under threat’ from Israel-UAE oil deal – YNET

Experts warn of possible leaks and spills at ageing Eilat port as Environmental Protection Ministry demands ‘urgent’ talks on the deal; green activists hold protest next to city’s oil jetty, saying plan is disaster waiting to happen AFP | Published: 02.15.21 Israeli environmentalists are warning that a UAE-Israeli oil pipeline deal threatens unique Red Sea […]

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Israel Has Fewer Rainy Days a Year, but It’s Not Getting Drier – for Now – Haaretz

Although the research didn’t point to less rain as a result of climate change, scientific models estimate that the Eastern Mediterranean will see a 25 to 35 percent decrease in rainfall later this centurySend in e-mailSend in e-mail Zafrir Rinat Feb. 13, 2021 Average yearly precipitation in Israel has remained almost static over the past […]

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