HaMa'apil

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HaMa'apil
הַמַּעְפִּיל
HaMa'apil is located in Israel
HaMa'apil
HaMa'apil
Coordinates: 32°22′40″N 34°59′0″E / 32.37778°N 34.98333°E / 32.37778; 34.98333Coordinates: 32°22′40″N 34°59′0″E / 32.37778°N 34.98333°E / 32.37778; 34.98333
Council Hefer Valley
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 2 November 1945
Founded by Central European immigrants

HaMa'apil (Hebrew: הַמַּעְפִּיל, lit. The illegal immigrant) is a kibbutz in central Israel. It is located near Ahituv within the jurisdiction of the Hefer Valley Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 499.

The community was established in Hadera in 1938 by a gar'in group comprising Hashomer Hatzair members who had immigrated from Galicia, Poland, Germany and Austria. The group received training in Beit Zera, Ma'abarot and Merhavia. Most of the members were illegal immigrants (known in Hebrew as Ma'apilim) to Mandate Palestine.

The kibbutz itself was founded on 2 November 1945. The land on which it was built had been bought by Yehoshua Hankin in 1932 from the Arab village of Qaqun.[citation needed]

Notable residents include Chaya Arbel, a German-born composer.

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