Delegation of Rescued Chilean Miners Plant Trees in Israel

Israel 'has filled us with a deep feeling of faith'.

Published: March 4th 2011
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Chilean miners planting trees

The world let out a collective sign of relief in October, as news came that all 33-trapped Chilean miners were pulled from the San Jose gold and copper mine safely. Since their harrowing ordeal, the group has been welcomed with open arms all over the globe, including Israel.


A delegation of 25 miners and their wives have been traveling throughout Israel since late February, underwritten by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. One of the many activities the miners participated in, was the planting of olive tress reported The Jerusalem Post.


The olive tree has long been symbolic for peace and wisdom, poignant considering the site selection for the planting ceremony. The location chosen for the miners to plant the trees was the Dalton-Gush Halav Trail in Galilee. The recreational trail is 2500 meters in length, and connects the Jewish community of Dalton, with Gush Halav, home to both Christians and Muslims; a conflation of the three religions.


In attendance with the miners at the tree planting ceremony was Ministry of Tourism Director Noaz Bar-Nir, and KKL-JNF World Chairman, Efi Stenzler.


“The people of Israel were totally gripped, watching breathlessly throughout your struggle for life. Together with people from around the entire world, Israel’s citizens prayed for your welfare and we are now so happy to see you whole and healthy and here in Israel,” said Stenzler at the ceremony.


“Since we were rescued from the mine, we have visited many places around the world. But there’s absolutely no doubt that this is one of the most exciting places. It has filled us with a deep feeling of faith. Our lives were placed in real danger, and Israel also deals with dangers to its existence. At the most difficult moments in life, prayer is the only thing that strengthens us,” stated Luis Urzua, the last miner to be rescued from the bowels of the Earth.

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