Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday night in Tiberias (Tverya)


Not a drop of rain in Israel but only a burning sun. Today, Tiberias (at the Sea of Galilee / Kinneret) was suffering from humidity and 31 degrees Celsius. No rain at sight and Israel is suffering from a water shortage. The only water supply is the Sea of Galilee in the north and the lake is drying out. The above photo shows the shape of the Kinneret at the promenade and the photo below shows the main purpose of the statue: Showing the water level which is now more than 2 meters. As far as I see, the lake needs to rise at least 5 meters and not only 2. Facing the lake drying out and witnessing on a daily basis how the beaches become wider and wider, is sad and a main nature desaster. The boats nearby almost swim on the ground of the lake because some tiny harbours have hardly any water at the shore.

Rabbis ask to pray for rain in Israel but tonight, Tiberias is still warm and humid. Thursday night is party time and many people from surrounding villages and other towns visit Tiberias. Arabs, Druse and Jews. All of them sit in restaurants, look at the daily water show on the Kinneret and just enjoy themselves.
Many Jews see a huge problem in the high amount of Muslim population in the lower and upper Galilee. More Israeli Jews should move to the north, as otherwise the Arabs may take over.

Despite all the problems, it is a great pleasure being at the Kinneret at night and watching all the lights surrounding the Kinneret. Lights from distant Kibbutzim, Moshavim, Jewish as well as Druse villages. Those lights reflecting on the water of the Kinneret and in case the tourists boats don't turn their disco music on full volume, you just hear the waves. Young people like to barbecue near the promenade and others just stand at the shore and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

The water level of the Sea of Galilee shows a big Minus.

Photos: Miriam Woelke

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