Jewish Federations of North America Provides $12.5 Million Grant to Rebuild Western Negev Farms After Devastating Hamas Attack

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
JFNA to support Western Negev farmers in rebuilding their farms following Hamas attack

The Western Negev farms, which have long been a source of pride for Israelis and Diaspora Jews, were targeted and destroyed by Hamas terrorists during an unprecedented attack on October 7. This unfortunate incident resulted in significant financial losses for farmers and kibbutzim in the region. In response, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has stepped in to provide grants of up to $12.5 million to help these farmers rebuild and resume farming in time for the spring planting season.

The special grant, awarded in partnership with ReGrow, a project of the Israeli Agricultural Research Institute Machon Volkani and the Mishkei HaNegev cooperative association, aims to support farmers and kibbutzim as they rebuild after suffering significant losses. The farms in the western Negev have always played a vital role in Israel’s economy and food security, supplying a large portion of its vegetables, fruits, milk, and other products. However, the destruction of farming infrastructure during the Hamas attack threatens this vital industry.

JFNA recognizes the importance of revitalizing agriculture in the Western Negev after these attacks and is proud to be able to support this effort. Rebecca Caspi, senior vice president of JFNA, emphasized the critical role of rebuilding agriculture in the region and ensuring that the fields will once again be green as a symbol of victory over those who seek to destroy. Farmers like Moran Freibach from Kibbutz Nahal Oz remain resilient and determined to rebuild despite the destruction they have faced. With JFNA’s assistance, these farmers will be able to quickly replace their equipment and resume farming, ensuring that Israel’s food security remains intact for years to come.

By Eleanor Harrison

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