Kerem Shalom

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Kerem Shalom
כֶּרֶם שָׁלוֹם
Kerem Shalom is located in Israel
Kerem Shalom
Kerem Shalom
Coordinates: 31°13′39.71″N 34°17′4.55″E / 31.2276972°N 34.2845972°E / 31.2276972; 34.2845972Coordinates: 31°13′39.71″N 34°17′4.55″E / 31.2276972°N 34.2845972°E / 31.2276972; 34.2845972
District South
Council Eshkol
Region Northwestern Negev
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1966 (original)
2001 (re-establishment)
Founded by Hashomer Hatzair members
Name meaning Vineyard of Peace

Kerem Shalom (Hebrew: כֶּרֶם שָׁלוֹם, lit. Vineyard of Peace) is a kibbutz affiliated with the Eshkol Regional Council on the Gaza Strip-Israel-Egypt border.


The kibbutz was founded in 1966 adjacent to the triborder area by members of Hashomer Hatzair. Its name includes the word shalom since the members believed that the location would play a role in establishing peace and ending the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In March 2006, the Avian influenza virus was identified in turkey coops in Kerem Shalom.[1]

In 2008, the kibbutz was bombarded by mortar shells in an attack described as the worst since Israel's pullout from Gaza. Although a mortar shell hit the electricity infrastructure, several families insisted on celebrating the Passover seder at the kibbutz dining hall.[2]


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