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Yedidya Harush

JNF Halutza Bnei Netzarim Liaison for Negev Community Development

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Yedidya Harush was born and raised in Gush Katif on the Gaza Strip. He currently serves as the community representative for Israeli residents living on the border in the Halutza region, which was established after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005. One year later, Yedidya was recruited to play basketball in the United States. He lived in central New Jersey from 2006-2007 before returning to his roots in Israel. Soon after, he assumed a key leadership role in the joint effort to help the children and young adults of Gush Katif evacuees lead a normal life while their families and homes were in distress. During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, when repeated rocket attacks struck southern Israel, Yedidya’s reserve elite IDF unit and Halutza’s residents helped secure the local border and protect the country. Yedidya is inspired to make Ben Gurion's dream in the Negev a reality by working to develop Halutza into a thriving community in partnership with Jewish National Fund.

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