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KKL-JNF Tribute to the Communities of the Western Negev Following the Tragic Events of October 7, 2023

This site is dedicated to the Western Negev communities that were brutally invaded and destroyed, and to the 1,145 men, women and children who were viciously killed by Hamas terrorist on Saturday, Simchat Tora, October 7, 2023.


May their memory be a blessing.


יהי זכרם ברוך


Following the October 7 attack, KKL-JNF swiftly took action, becoming one of the primary providers of immediate assistance, emergency aid, and essential support to the people and communities of the Western Negev.
KKL-JNF’s dedication to aiding evacuees and survivors persists to this day, and will continue for as long as will be needed. Chairwoman Ifat Ovadia-Luski emphasized, “It is incumbent upon us to rebuild these communities… The National Institutions, especially KKL-JNF, bear the historical responsibility of upholding the legacy of our nation’s founders by spearheading the rejuvenation of the Western Negev.”



“The State of Israel will prove itself not by material wealth, not by military might or technical achievement, but by its moral character and human values.” 

David Ben-Gurion

Map of communities and KKL-JNF forests of the Western Negev