Using only water from Rabin Square’s fountain, which is not fit for drinking, participants gather in bid to cool summer heat while raising awareness of Israel’s water shortage
Thousands of people took part in Tel Aviv’s White Night events deep into the night Thursday, but hundreds of them woke up Friday morning wanting more, and attended the city’s traditional water fight, which takes place every year in Rabin Square.
Armed with water guns, bags full of water, and a great mood, the masses gathered at the central square, and at 3:15 pm, the signal was given, and the participants began spraying at anyone and everyone in their way.
Cooling off in Rabin Square (Photo: Ofer Amram)
The cool water alleviated the extreme heat, and helped the participants handle the high humidity and scorching sun.
This year the traditional water fighter addressed the issue of the water shortage in Israel, and was held under the banner, “Fighting for every drop.” The participants were banned from using water from external sources, and were restricted to using water only from Rabin Square’s fountain.
The fountain’s water is not fit for drinking, watering plants, or cleaning, making its use legitimate in the eyes of the organizers.
The event was organized in cooperation with the group “Consensus”, which works to increase awareness of the need to save water.