JNF South Africa Delegates Get in Touch with the Real Israel.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
A delegation of representatives from both JNF South Africa and Jewish organizations active in the BeYachad Center in Johannesburg tour KKL-JNF projects in the Gaza periphery.
A delegation composed of representatives from both JNF South Africa and Jewish organizations active in the BeYachad Center in Johannesburg has arrived for a tour of Israel: ten days of visiting sites throughout the country in order to observe at first hand a wide variety of KKL-JNF projects in different areas. One special day was devoted to KKL-JNF projects in the Gaza Periphery, including the Southern Research and Development Station in the Besor region
, the Tzabar garin at Kibbutz Saad, Kibbutz Kfar Aza and the Halutza communities.
“It’s important to us that people see the other side of Israel,” explained Isla Feldman, Chairperson of JNF South Africa. “We’ve come to observe everyday life in Israel and KKL-JNF’s profound involvement in all spheres of activity: trees, land, agriculture, community and water
“The delegation members have been toiling for years for Israel’s benefit, and it’s important for them to see what it is they’ve been working so hard for,” said Amber Cummins, Bureau Chief at JNF South Africa. “Even though I’ve visited Israel so many times, I see new sides to it every time, because it’s such a fascinating and varied country.”
Activists in Jewish organizations in South Africa have to cope with the harsh criticism leveled at Israel, sometimes by people who are unaware of the facts and have no deep understanding of the situation. “This visit gives us all better tools that will help us to represent Israel,” said Amber Cummins.
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