Cornerstone-laying ceremony held for new neighborhood in ravaged Kibbutz Be’eri

Houses destroyed during Hamas's brutal October 7 onslaught in Kibbutz Be'eri, seen on December 20, 2023. (AP/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Houses destroyed during Hamas's brutal October 7 onslaught in Kibbutz Be'eri, seen on December 20, 2023. (AP/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A cornerstone laying ceremony is being held today for a new neighborhood in Kibbutz Be’eri, which was ravaged by the October 7 attacks, with 101 people murdered and over 150 buildings destroyed.

The new Shikmim neighborhood will contain 52 homes.

Speaking to Channel 12, resident Miri Gad Messika describes “very difficult feelings” on this day, with many residents and bodies still held hostage in Gaza, “but on the other hand my home was burned down so I don’t have anywhere to go back to. There’s no choice but to rebuild and move forward.”

But, she stresses, “true rebuilding will happen only when the hostages return home — those murdered, for burial, and those living to rehabilitation. Only then can we rise up from October 7.”

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