Israel resumes major events after months of conflict and lockdown

Israel has started hosting its first major events since the outbreak of the conflict with Hamas in October last year and the subsequent lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has witnessed a significant drop in the number of cases and deaths, thanks to its successful vaccination campaign and strict health measures. As a result, Israel has gradually eased the restrictions and allowed the resumption of cultural, sports, and tourism activities. Here are some of the events that have taken place or are planned to take place in Israel in the coming weeks.

Dead Sea Marathon: A run for peace and solidarity

The annual Dead Sea Marathon was held on February 2, which saw over 6,000 local and international participants. The marathon, which is one of the lowest in the world, offers a scenic route along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. The marathon also aims to promote peace and solidarity among the people of the region, as it attracts runners from different backgrounds, religions, and nationalities. The marathon also supports various social and environmental causes, such as the preservation of the Dead Sea and the empowerment of women and youth.

Jerusalem Wintertime Festival: A celebration of arts and culture

The Jerusalem Wintertime Festival, an arts and culture event, also took place shortly afterwards on February 12 and 13. The festival, which is organized by the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation, featured over 100 performances, workshops, exhibitions, and tours across the city. The festival’s website promised that the two-day experience would be dedicated to “artistic happenings that offer a breathing space during these challenging times – events born out of sincere reflection on the situation”. The festival also showcased the diversity and creativity of Jerusalem’s artists and cultural institutions.

Dead Sea Marathon
Dead Sea Marathon

Jerusalem Winner Marathon: A test of endurance and spirit

Israel also plans to host the 13th annual Jerusalem Winner Marathon on March 18, which is expected to attract over 40,000 runners from around the world. The marathon, which is considered one of the most challenging and scenic in the world, passes through some of the most iconic and historic sites of Jerusalem, such as the Old City, the Mount of Olives, the Israel Museum, and the Knesset. The marathon also offers different categories and distances, such as half marathon, 10K, 5K, and family run. The marathon also supports various charitable and social organizations, such as the ALYN Hospital, the Israel Cancer Association, and the Shalva National Center.

Tel Aviv Night Run: A fun and festive night out

Another major running event that is scheduled to take place in Israel is the Tel Aviv Night Run, which will be held on April 6. The night run, which is one of the most popular and largest in the country, attracts over 25,000 runners who enjoy the vibrant and festive atmosphere of Tel Aviv at night. The night run offers a 10K course that passes through some of the most lively and colorful areas of the city, such as Rabin Square, Rothschild Boulevard, and HaYarkon Park. The night run also features live music, entertainment, and fireworks along the way.

The future of events in Israel: A cautious optimism

The resumption of major events in Israel reflects the country’s recovery and resilience after the conflict and the pandemic. However, the organizers and the authorities are also aware of the potential risks and challenges that may arise, such as the emergence of new variants, the security situation, and the travel restrictions. Therefore, they are taking all the necessary precautions and measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the participants and the public. They are also hopeful that the events will help boost the morale, the economy, and the tourism of the country, and send a message of hope and peace to the world.

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