THE JEWISH AGENCY for Israel will grant loans of up to 100,000 shekels to small and medium-sized businesses affected by arson attacks and rocket fire originating in the Gaza Strip.
In recent months, terrorists have launched hundreds of kites, balloons, and other flying objects set aflame over the Gazan border in order to wreak havoc on the Israeli side. According to Israel Fire and Rescue Services, some 300 fires have erupted in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip since border tensions rose in the spring of this year, affecting more than 60,000 acres. This has caused damage to farms and to small businesses in the tourist industry, including guest houses, restaurants, and pubs.
Loans will be granted with expedited processing and preferential terms to businesses located in Sderot and Netivot, and the regional councils of Hof Ashkelon, Sedot Negev, Shaar Hanegev, Eshkol, and Merchavim.
The assistance will be provided through The Jewish Agency’s Small Business Loan Fund program thanks to a special donation from the Ness Fund for the Development of the Negev, which is supported by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
For information about the loan program, contact Tamar Dai, representative of The Jewish Agency’s Loan Funds program in the south, at Tamard@jafi.org.