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In the wake of the devastating events that transpired on October 7th, the communities of the Gaza Envelope and their once-thriving forests now stand as silent witnesses to the horrors faced by the residents of western Negev. The ashes of what were once vibrant local forests serve as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and nature in the region. JNF Australia, in collaboration with KKL -JNF in Israel, turns its attention to the Be’eri Forest, a symbol of resilience and hope that has deep roots in the history of the western Negev. Planted by Zionist pioneers in 1946, the first seeds of Be’eri Forest were sown as an act of hope for a future marked by new life, agricultural prosperity, and thriving communities.
Today, more than ever, the restoration of the Be’eri Forest is not merely a project but a crucial step in the healing process for the guardians of this land.
We invite you to become an integral part of this renewal effort, to stand alongside us in healing hope in the heart of the Gaza Envelope.
Be’eri Forest Comes Under Attack

From sad memories and a burnt forest…

Destruction after hamas attack

…to a blooming kalaniot garden.

Terror attacks, the worst in Israeli history, destroyed a large part of Be’eri Forest

The fate of people and trees have always been interconnected, particularly in the western Negev

  Months after the deadly October 7 attack, the destroyed communities of the Gaza Envelope stand desolate, their local forests reduced to blackened husks.

  But for most of their history, the region’s communities and forests grew and thrived together. The first seeds of Be’eri Forest, for example, were planted by Zionist pioneers to the western Negev in 1946. Their growth seemed improbable, but their planting was an act of hope in what was to come – new life in the soil, agriculture, thriving communities.

  Today, too, the restoration of the Be’eri and Sderot Forests are an important step in the healing of their human guardians. This Tu Bishvat, defy destruction; support KKL-JNF rehabilitation efforts, paving the way to collective healing and growth.

This Tu Bishvat, we invite you to be a partner in the vital mission to restore the Be’eri Forest, on the border of the Gaza Strip, as a symbol of resilience and hope. Join KKL‑JNF in turning the page of this dark chapter into a canvas of vibrant renewal.

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Together we are providing a brighter future for Israel’s Negev communities and realising Ben Gurion’s vision