Christians from around the world donated thousands of dollars to rebuild a honey farm owned by Jews in the West Bank area. The sweet business was vandalized by Palestinian vandals. Christian supporters of Israel contributed more than $15,000 to rebuild the Dvash Kedumim honey facility. Thieves damaged the farm and stole the business’s entire stock of award-winning honey just weeks before the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana. By tradition, Jews savor honey during the feast in the hope of a happy and prosperous incoming year.
“The efforts by these Christians send a powerful message: The Bible, and its message about a land flowing with milk and honey, is stronger than terrorism and can beat BDS,” said Rabbi Tuly Weisz. The rabbi is the founder of Israel365: an Israeli non-profit that promotes the Biblical significance and physical beauty of Israel.
Raised through an email campaign coordinated by Israel365, the funds will replace the farm’s beehives, bolster security, provide support the Farbstein family who founded and operate the business in Israel’s biblical heartland. According to The Algemeiner, Yael Farbstein said, “Honey is all about God’s bounty.” He added, Despite the losses, we are doing our part by increasing our efforts. We need to show them that we are here to stay.”
In February 2017, Dvash Kedumim won first prize in the category of International Multi-Floral Sourced Honeys at the Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest in North Carolina by the Center for Honeybee Research.
“My dear friends,” Farbstein said in a letter to donors, “Even though I don’t know you, you feel like you are my close relatives. Your encouragement and support … and the large amount of funds raised by this U.S. community, who appreciates and cherishes the settlement of the West Bank and the Land of Israel, strengthens us a lot and gives us the energy and ability to work hard, rehabilitate the apiary and bolster security – rather than simply escaping. God willing, with your help, we will once again bring forth the good and the sweet from the Land of Israel.”