Police suspect that arsonists set fire to a farm in the Jordan Valley on Yom Kippur Eve, burning it to the ground and causing millions of shekels’ worth of damage.
The fire hit the Dor farm on Moshav Mehola on Tuesday.
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked visits the farm today, blaming the incident on “Palestinian terrorists.”
“A lifetime of work, generations of farmers who worked the land and grew alongside the produce, has been wiped out,” says farm owner Nevo Dor.
The Hashomer Hachadash organization, which organizes volunteers to protect Israeli agriculture from similar attacks, says there are a spate of attacks annually around the High Holidays and calls on the government to take stronger action.
“This is a national disaster,” says organization chief Yoel Zilberman. “This is a real war for the country.”