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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 two topics: one is the history of the Tower and Stockade settlements built in response to the Arab riots of 1936-1939; the other topic is the archaeology of the area. 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 artistically impressive panels of a mosaic floor from the 6th-7th century Byzantine church, excavated next to the museum building.[2]

Notable residents[edit]

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