Kfar Darom

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Kfar Darom
כְּפַר דָּרוֹם
Kfar Darom is located in the Gaza Strip
Kfar Darom
Kfar Darom
Coordinates: 31°24′05″N 34°21′36″E / 31.40139°N 34.36000°E / 31.40139; 34.36000Coordinates: 31°24′05″N 34°21′36″E / 31.40139°N 34.36000°E / 31.40139; 34.36000
Region Gaza Strip
Affiliation Religious Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1930 (original)
1970 (re-establishment)
Founded by Hapoel HaMizrachi members

Kfar Darom (Hebrew: כְּפַר דָּרוֹם, lit. South Village), was a kibbutz and an Israeli settlement within the Gush Katif bloc in the Gaza Strip.

History[edit]

Original kibbutz[edit]

Kfar Darom was founded on 250 dunams of land (about 25 hectares or 60 acres) purchased in 1930 by Tuvia Miller for a fruit orchard on the site of an ancient Jewish settlement of the same name mentioned in the Talmud. Following the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine, Miller sold his land to the Jewish National Fund in 1946. A community was established on the land at the close of Yom Kippur on 5 and 6 October 1946, by Hapoel HaMizrachi's kibbutz movement as part of the 11 points in the Negev settlement plan. The community was named after a Talmudic-period village of the same name that was located near the site.

In the summer of 1948, after numerous battles, the community was abandoned following a three-month siege by the Egyptian army during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.[1]

Re-establishment[edit]

Following Israel's victory in the Six-Day War in 1967, and its subsequent occupation of the Gaza Strip, a Nahal military outpost was established at the site in 1970.[2] In 1989, this was converted to a civilian community by the Israeli national unity government of Shimon Peres (Alignment) and Yitzhak Shamir (Likud).

The village also had an elementary school, a kollel for religious (adults married men) students and the "Torah and Land" Institute, for research into religious laws relating to agriculture in Israel. The visitor center contained the Garden of Commandments Museum, which illustrated commandments relating to the Land of Israel.

Disengagement[edit]

At the point of the disengagement plan, there were about sixty families, totaling about 330 people, who earned their living from the free working professions, agriculture, and a central packing center for the vegetables produced by the Gaza settler communities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paying the Price for Peace Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2. ^ Kfar Darom Jewish Agency for Israel