Beit Keshet

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Beit Keshet
Palmach museum, Beit Keshet
Palmach museum, Beit Keshet
Beit Keshet is located in Israel
Beit Keshet
Beit Keshet
Coordinates: 32°43′6″N 35°23′40″E / 32.71833°N 35.39444°E / 32.71833; 35.39444Coordinates: 32°43′6″N 35°23′40″E / 32.71833°N 35.39444°E / 32.71833; 35.39444
Region Lower Galilee
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1944
Founded by HaNoar HaOved graduates
Wooden hut of former Israeli President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi in Beit Keshet

Beit Keshet (Hebrew: בֵּית קֶשֶׁת, lit. House of the Bow) is a kibbutz in the Lower Galilee, Israel. Beit Keshet is under the jurisdiction of Lower Galilee Regional Council.

Beit Keshet was established in 1944 by HaNoar HaOved youth, who were trained at the Kfar Tavor agricultural school. [1] During the founding of the kibbutz, a group of immigrants who were a part of the Youth movement HaMahanot HaOlim and graduates of the Kadoorie Agricultural High School joined the kibbutz. According to the Jewish National Fund, more than half of the original group had served with the Jewish forces during the Second World War.[1]

The name is derived from 2 Samuel 1:18 in the Bible: "...teach the children of Judah the use of the bow," a reference to the battles of Deborah, who is said to have lived in the area. [2]

In 1947, Beit Keshet had a population of over 100. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war Lebanese and Syrian troops attempted to capture Bet Keshet and nearby Sejera in fighting the Jewish National Fund refers to as "fierce." [1]

On March 16 1948, 7 members of the Kibbutz were killed during "the battle of Beit Keshet". Among them, the son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (the future 2nd president of Israel). The story of the founding of the Kibbutz and the battle is depicted in the theatre play "An Israeli Love Story" by Pnina Gary.

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  1. ^ a b c Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. pp. 20–21. 
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.114, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)