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Dear Friends at Congregation Beth Am,

We are in a hell we have never experienced here in Israel. 

My name is Issy and I am the head of the local emergency team at Kibbutz Magen in the Eshkol Regional Council. Our kibbutz, which some of you have visited in the past, is in a tough neighborhood, only 2 miles from the Gaza Strip. 

Saturday, October 7 was the kibbutz's blackest day since its foundation in 1949. While Hamas was firing rockets at us, a convoy of vans and motorcycles, including several dozen terrorists, marched towards the kibbutz fence, breached it and stormed inside.

The standby platoon (volunteer members of the kibbutz) halted the attack with supreme bravery and waited for the help of the IDF soldiers. It took the army almost nine hours to arrive and assist our standby unit, volunteer citizens who saved the kibbutz from a mass slaughter. Our ammunition supply was almost exhausted. The immediate results were severe:

  • Avi Fleischer – killed.
  • Baruch Cohen, who is responsible for the security of the kibbutzim in the region – was critically wounded. He was flown by helicopter to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and his leg was amputated.
  • Nadav Roth –seriously injured in his shoulder. He was rushed by ambulance to Be'er Sheva, where he was treated and then transferred to Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer.
  • Ofir Yaron – kidnapped.

Meanwhile, the rockets landed in the heart of the kibbutz, where there is no iron dome to protect us or our community, and the damage is extensive, with direct hits to houses and infrastructure.

The army evacuated all the members of the kibbutz to the Dead Sea. Now we are only 17 Magen members left to guard the kibbutz and take care of 200 elite unit soldiers including their food, showers and laundry. They are from two units, Maglan and Egoz.

We need your help to financially support these brave IDF soldiers that are defending our community. Every donation will help us do this. 

On behalf of the kibbutz, I would like to convey our extreme gratitude to you all. Your community came to our aid 9 years ago during the last major conflict with Gaza and we could not be more grateful for your continued support and love.

With so much gratitude,

Head of the Local Emergency Team at Kibbutz Magen

Please donate to Kibbutz Magen to support them in their efforts to defend and rebuild their homes. 

Tue, June 25 2024 19 Sivan 5784