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Hanita is located in Israel
Coordinates: 33°5′15.36″N 35°10′24.59″E / 33.0876000°N 35.1734972°E / 33.0876000; 35.1734972Coordinates: 33°5′15.36″N 35°10′24.59″E / 33.0876000°N 35.1734972°E / 33.0876000; 35.1734972
Council Mateh Asher
Region Western Galilee
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1938
Founded by Jewish pioneers
Website www.hanita.co.il
Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Sadeh, and Yigal Allon. Kibbutz Hanita, 1938

Hanita (Hebrew: חֲנִיתָה) is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located in the western Galilee approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Nahariya, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Asher Regional Council. In 2011 it had a population of 500.

The economy is based on a combination of agriculture and industry. The kibbutz grows bananas, citrus fruits and field crops. Its main source of income comes from two factories: Kotlab produces metalized films for packaging, heat and cold insulation, and use in safety devices. Hanita Lenses produces contact lenses and lenses for implants.[1]

The kibbutz operates a museum documenting the history of the Tower and Stockade settlements built in response to the Arab riots of 1936-1939. The museum displays documents relating to the purchase of the land and the security problems faced by the kibbutz, as well as archaeological finds unearthed at Hanita and vicinity, including a mosaic floor from a 6th-7th century Byzantine church.[2]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Matti Caspi (born 1949), composer, musician, singer, and lyricist