Rebuilding Agriculture in the Western Negev: Jewish Federations of North America Provide Grants to Help Farmers Recover from Hamas Terror Attacks

JFNA to support Western Negev farmers in rebuilding their farms following Hamas attack

The Western Negev farms, known for their thriving gardens that supply a significant portion of Israel’s vegetables, fruits, milk, and other products have long been a source of pride for Israelis and Diaspora Jews. Unfortunately, during an unprecedented attack by Hamas terrorists on October 7th, farming infrastructure was targeted and destroyed. In response to this tragedy, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has stepped in to provide grants of up to $12.5 million to help farmers rebuild after suffering significant financial losses.

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 help farmers and kibbutzim rebuild after being looted and damaged by Hamas militants. This assistance will allow farmers like Moran Freibach from Kibbutz Nahal Oz to quickly replace their equipment and resume farming in time for the spring planting season.

Despite the destruction caused by Hamas terrorists, Rebecca Caspi, senior vice president of JFNA recognizes the importance of revitalizing agriculture in the Western Negev after these attacks. She emphasized that rebuilding agriculture is critical not only for the economic success of the region but also as a symbol of victory over those who seek to destroy it.

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