At the end of the week, an appeal was sent to the ombudsman, Avichai Mandelblit, and to the director general of the Nature and Parks Authority, Shaul Goldstein, to allow the allocation of hours for a separate bath in the natural pool in the Horshet Tal National Park.
The application was sent by Adv. Moshe Polsky, on behalf of Rabbi Dror Arieh, who wants to represent the large religious community that comes to the site every summer.
It reads: “In the ‘Horshet Tal’ national park, many vacationers spend their summer vacation, including a very large religious community. For use in a pool that is operated exclusively in the format of ‘mixed swimming’.
“Prevention constitutes a serious violation of the rights of vacationers, including the right to liberty, equality, human dignity, property and religious freedom.
The Tal grove is located in the Upper Galilee, in the north of the Hula Valley. The forest is defined as a national park by the Nature and Parks Authority, with lawns, an orchid reserve and a large water lake. Due to the approaching “between the times” vacation, many travelers from the religious and ultra-Orthodox public come to the place, for a day trip or overnight parking.
The referral to the ombudsman comes against the background of the Kiryat Arba pool affair, in which the High Court ordered the allocation of hours for mixed swimming in the pool for the benefit of non-religious residents of Kiryat Arba.
Rabbi Dror Arieh, initiator of the reference, said: “For many years, the religious and non-religious public, as well as the Arab, objects in a separate swim according to their conscience, discriminated and isolated from entering sites and pools with water. “.