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Thu Oct 12, 2023, 01:22 PM Oct 12

The close-knit (left-leaning) kibbutz that became home to a massacre

Early on Saturday morning, Hamas militants stormed Be’eri and left behind a devastation of unimaginable scale. They murdered more than 120 of its residents, including children, and kidnapped others. They set people’s homes on fire, then killed them when they tried to escape the heat and smoke. They looted, stole and destroyed what they could.

The community is close-knit; residents told CNN they eat meals together and share everything, including their salaries, which go into a communal treasury and are redistributed equally among all the families.

Politically, the kibbutz leans left. Many sees Gazans as their neighbors, Michal told CNN. “There were people from Gaza who worked in the kibbutz and they were a part of the community, they’d bring their children to the kindergarten in the kibbutz. When they couldn’t come to work there anymore, we began collecting money from the community and there is now a fund that keeps them alive,” she said, adding that she is determined to keep sending the money to the family.

Full report including first person accounts: https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/12/middleeast/kibbutz-beeri-israel-war-intl-cmd/index.html
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