Three Tel Aviv Beaches Ordered Closed to Swimmers Due to High Pollution

Order affects Frishman, 'Metzitzim' and separate religious beach.

Gili Cohen
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It's the height of summer but three Tel Aviv beaches have been closed due to pollution.

The Frishman beach, the separate religious beach and the so-called Metzitzim beach are all closed until further notice, according to a statement Tuesday from the Interior Ministry.

The high pollution levels were discovered during a routine check of water quality.

When the swimming season opened in April, the Interior Ministry also ordered the Gordon beach closed to bathers because of high pollution.

The beach had been closed for all of the past winter, and remained off-limits to swimmers for months after the swimming season formally began because of a Health Ministry report warning of high pollution, causing the Health Ministry to order the Tel Aviv Municipality to clean out the problem.

Pollution is not the only thing that has closed Tel Aviv beaches of late. In early June, the municipality announced it was closing about half the city's beachfront to swimming after a labor dispute with lifeguards.

When the Interior Ministry balked at the plan to close half the beachfront, a compromise was reached and it was decided that swimming would be permitted on weekends from 10 A.M. rather than the usual 7 A.M.

Metzitzim Beach, Tel Aviv.Credit: Hadar Cohen
Children playing on a Tel Aviv beach, July 27, 2007.Credit: Dan Keinan

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