Be’eri Farmer Who Lost His Wife, Son, and Leg on October 7 Speaks

Stand for Israel  |  April 18, 2024

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(Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv)

In an interview with JNS, Avida Bachar describes his thought process after the October 7 attacks on his land: “We underwent a tragedy. But you can’t change the past; only the future.”

Writers at JNS tell us more about this survivor’s healing journey:

“A farmer does not leave his land.”

Six months after losing his wife, his 15-year-old son and one of his legs in the Oct. 7 massacre perpetrated by Hamas terrorists in southern Israel, Avida Bachar is back on his land.

Walking with a cane and a prosthetic leg after nearly half a year in the hospital, the 50-year-old farmer stares out at the avocado plantation in Kibbutz Be’eri, where he was born and which lies less than a mile from the border with Gaza.

On Oct. 7, Bachar’s wife and son were killed in front of his eyes after terrorists overwhelmed them in their two-story home, which was utterly gutted. But despite the pain, he is determined to choose life…

Read Avida’s full story here.

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