Tu Bishvat in Halutza: “We will continue building and planting”

Celebrating the completion of three new communities - Naveh, Shlomit and Bnei Netzarim - built for Gush Katif evacuees.

By KKL-JNF
February 15, 2015 15:37
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Tu Bishvat in Halutza 758. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

 
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 At a moving Tu Bishvat ceremony last week, local residents and KKL-JNF representatives celebrated the completion of three new communities in the Halutza region; Naveh, Shlomit and Bnei Netzarim. Gush Katif evacuees, and families from all  over Israel who have joined them, live in these communities, where KKL-JNF, with assistance from it friends in USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, England and Italy, has executed a variety of projects including earthworks for residential and agricultural development, landscaping, tree planting, promenades, observation points, portable bomb shelters and security roads.

KKL-JNF Public Relations Executive Elisha Mizrahi opened the ceremony: “When we looked around here a decade ago, it was hard for us to believe that there would ever be communities here like these,” he said with amazement. Mizrahi invited the guests of honor to cut the ribbon for a new project—a promenade and scenic lookout at the entrance to Bnei Netzarim, which was constructed with from the support of JNF USA.


“There is no prettier holiday than Tu Bishvat, and there is no more appropriate day for this gathering,” said Haim Yellin, mayor of the Eshkol Regional Council. “It warms my heart to see the families that are building their homes in this amazing region. You are making the desert bloom on the border of Egypt and the Gaza Strip, which is a big mitzva. You have built communities here based on the values of love for Israel and Zionism.”


Rabbi Yaakov Lanzer from Bnei Netzarim thanked KKL-JNF for its great investment in founding and developing the communities and said, “We are now in a great period of building and creativity. Zionism continues, and we have to build communities and plant forests. KKL-JNF has been part of Zionism from the very beginning, building communities, planting forests and developing the land of Israel so that it should be beautiful for its people who are returning.”



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Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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