Meet the Christian Entrepreneur Becoming a Voice for War-Hit Israeli Farmers

Stand for Israel  |  February 9, 2024

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The attacks on October 7 left massive destruction and damaged agricultural equipment on many of the kibbutzim in the south of Israel. One Christian woman, Kari Warberg Block, is raising funds in support of Israel’s farmers and desert innovations, reports The Times of Israel:

In Shefayim, a kibbutz near Herzliya, a Christian-American female farmer and entrepreneur is volunteering in the dining hall, serving evacuated residents of Kfar Aza, the kibbutz where Hamas terrorists on October 7 murdered about 80 people – one in 10 residents — and abducted another 18.

“People here in the restaurant and elsewhere come and hug me,” Kari Warberg Block told The Times of Israel, speaking to this reporter outside the dining hall. “I am American, I am not even Jewish, so they are surprised I am here and it means so incredibly much to them.”

For the past 30 days, Warberg Block, originally from North Dakota with no personal or business ties to Israel, has been doing more than that: She is determined to become a voice for Israeli farmers.

Warberg Block has conducted video interviews with local agricultural pioneers in war-affected southern communities along the Gaza border to document the immediate challenges they are facing due to the large-scale destruction of farmland, equipment and machinery.