update deskOctober 7

Four months after Oct. 7, rebuilding of Kibbutz Be’eri begins

Workers started clearing the ruins of houses destroyed during the Hamas attack, which saw more than 100 residents murdered.

Ruins at Kibbutz Be'eri, Jan. 1, 2024. Photo by Gideon Markowicz/TPS.
Ruins at Kibbutz Be'eri, Jan. 1, 2024. Photo by Gideon Markowicz/TPS.

The rebuilding of Kibbutz Be’eri began on Thursday morning, four months and a day after Hamas terrorists murdered more than a hundred of its members on Oct. 7.

One hundred twenty of the community’s 350 houses are slated for demolition. Six destroyed houses will be removed in the first phase.

In addition, dozens of houses and public buildings need renovation after suffering various levels of damage during the attack.

Around 70 Hamas terrorists invaded the farming community near the Gaza Strip on the morning of Oct. 7, murdering 130 people—some 10% of the kibbutz’s 1,200 residents—including women and children, and burning down many homes. Dozens of hostages were also taken from Be’eri.

Gazan terrorists and residents murdered some 1,200 people overall, mostly civilians, wounded thousands more and kidnapped 253 people. Mass looting and destruction followed the rapes, torture, mutilation and murder.

The victims of the brutal attack included three generations of one family: A 73-year-old woman, her 43-year-old son and her barely 10-month-old granddaughter.

Be’eri announced on Thursday that its member, Meni Godard, missing since Oct. 7, was murdered during the Hamas attack and his body is being held by the terrorist group in Gaza. Godard’s wife, Ayelet, was also murdered when terrorists stormed their home.

The couple left behind four children—Mor, Gal, Bar and Goni—and six grandchildren.

“Meni moved to Kibbutz Be’eri when he was 13 years old. Throughout his life, he worked in several different positions on the kibbutz, and worked as a printer at the Be’eri printing house, managed the kibbutz’s department store and pool, also worked as the chief economist, and at the same time was a player and coach of the local soccer team,” the Be’eri announcement said.

“His children said that he was the most devoted and loving father and grandfather, a family man who took care of everyone around him, a man of the sea and love, and an ardent fan of Hapoel Tel Aviv.”

His death brings to six the number of hostages from Be’eri murdered, while five hostages are believed to be alive.

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