By Middle East Affairs
On Friday Israeli surfers attempted a world breaking protest against environmental dangers from off-shore gas projects.
Hundreds of Israeli surfers take part in what they said was a record-breaking protest against potential environmental damage from an off-shore gas development project in the Mediterranean Sea at Herzliya, Israel June 22, 2018 REUTERS/Amir CohenThe hundreds of protestors wore black skull and cross bone shirts and surfed into the water to draw international attention in their environmental battle.
Their shirts had imprinted on them the slogan, “Don’t poison us”, referring to the toxins and pollution that gas development projects would bring into the waters.
Israel’s government which has approved the new gas projects has said that they pose no dangers either to people’s health or to the environment.
Protest organizers registered nearly 1000, many among them athletes and actors, who paddled together, and later joined and held hands in a circle opposite Herzliya, to demand that a planned gas rig be relocated further from Israel’s Mediterranean coast.
Until today, the world record for largest amount of protestors surfing was held by surfers in Huntingdon Beach, California where 511 people made a circle in a “surfing paddle-out”. Today, protest organizers say that 992 surfers in Israel will be submitted to the Guinness Worlds Record.