Thursday, July 2, 2009

Come Alive at the Dead Sea

Dead SeaThe Dead Sea is currently ranked in seventh place in the “Lakes, Rivers and Waterfalls” category of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World Contest, which would earn it a spot in the next stage of the competition. The Dead Sea is listed as being situated in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. According to the contest rules, the nominee cannot participate in the next stages of the New7Wonders of Nature campaign without an official supporting committee from each country. Until recently, PA refused to join a committee of support for the lake’s nomination. Intervention from Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov and Civil Administration Chief General Yoav Mordechai succeeded in convincing Mahmud Abbas to sign on to the contest. As of today, the competition’s website had not been updated to reflect the decision, but officials said that it would take a few days for the proper forms to be filled out and submitted. Anyone can vote for his or her favorite natural wonders in the remaining 5 days of the contest at Please hurry and vote for the Dead Sea!

P.S. For the record, I strongly object to New7Wonders’ taking sides in the political conflict and listing Palestine as a sovereign country. If you agree, please
contact New7Wonders and protest.


  1. The Dead Sea has passed its first hurdle in getting consideration as a Natural Wonder of the World, the Tourism Ministry said Thursday. Voting for the ended Tuesday, and 28 competitors now remain in the running for the second round of the contest, which begins on July 22. Competition organizers expect over 1 billion people to have voted by the time the contest closes in early 2011.

    In a statement, Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said that, over the next 2 years, the Tourism Ministry will lead the campaign for the Dead Sea to be selected as one of the winners via its 14 representative offices around the world, its websites in 11 languages and focused marketing activities. Voting begins at 12:07 PM (Greenwich Mean time) at

    Source: Israel National News

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