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Magen

מָגֵן
Sheikh Nuran Grave in Kibbutz Magen, Israel.jpg
Magen is located in Northwest Negev region of Israel
Magen
Magen
Coordinates: 31°17′59″N 34°25′37″E / 31.29972°N 34.42694°E / 31.29972; 34.42694Coordinates: 31°17′59″N 34°25′37″E / 31.29972°N 34.42694°E / 31.29972; 34.42694
CountryIsrael
DistrictSouthern
CouncilEshkol
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded16 August 1949
Founded byRomanian immigrants
Population
 (2019)[1]
532
Websitewww.magen.org.il

Magen (Hebrew: מָגֵן‎, lit. Shield) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located in the north-western Negev desert and covering 8,500 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Eshkol Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 532.[1]

History[]

During World War I, British forces established an air base here after the withdrawal of the Turks.[2] The kibbutz was established by immigrants from Romania on 16 August 1949. The site was on the remains the Maqam (shrine) of Sheikh Nuran, probably the site of the biblical town of Bethul (Joshua 19:4)[3] and a battlefield during Operation Assaf in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

Sheikh Nuran following its occupation by the Israeli Army during Operation Assaf, December 1948

References[]

  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ John D. Grainger (2006). The Battle for Palestine, 1917. The Boydell Press. pp. 102, 154–155.
  3. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd ion 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.307, ISBN 965-220-186-3

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