Oz V’Gaon nature reserve is a memorial for three Israeli youth who were killed by terrorists in the summer of 2014; the kidnapping and murder was one of the events which led up to Operation Protective Edge (Tzuk Eitan, in Hebrew) against Hamas terrorists.
On June 12, 2014, three teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while on their way home from their schools in Gush Etzion. The kidnapping of the three boys, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah, united the Israelis for the eighteen days of searching for the youth, until the bodies of the youth were found in a field; they had been murdered soon after the kidnapping. A memorial marks the site of the kidnapping.
The Oz V’Gaon nature reserve stands as a memorial to the three. The nature reserve boasts a lovely little pine forest, picnic tables with shade, playground, camping site, and a visitors’ center with a movie which portrays the local youth building this park as a memorial with their anger over the murder. A few families reside on the site, where classes and other activities take place. The project was organized by Women in Green.
The site is located at the intersection of route 60 and 367, on the southeast side of the traffic circle.