Zikim

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This article is about the Israeli kibbutz. For the Israel Defense Forces base nearby, see Bahad 4.
Zikim
בית הקשתות.jpg
Zikim is located in Israel
Zikim
Zikim
Coordinates: 31°36′28.44″N 34°31′18.47″E / 31.6079000°N 34.5217972°E / 31.6079000; 34.5217972Coordinates: 31°36′28.44″N 34°31′18.47″E / 31.6079000°N 34.5217972°E / 31.6079000; 34.5217972
Council Hof Ashkelon
Region Northern Negev
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1949
Founded by Romanian immigrants from Hashomer Hatzair
Website www.zikim.org.il

Zikim (Hebrew: זִיקִים) is a kibbutz in the southern Israel. Located in the northern Negev desert, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. In 2006, it had a population of 385.

History[edit]

The kibbutz was established in 1949 by a group of young Romanian Jews who belonged to Hashomer Hatzair before their arrival in Palestine in 1947. At that time, Jewish settlement in the Negev was very sparse, and each new location was considered to be a "point of light" (zik) in the wilderness. Michael Har-Segor, later an Israeli historian, came up with the name while imprisoned in Romania for his activity in Hashomer Hatzair. He says he translated a quote from Pushkin into Hebrew: "From sparks shall come a flame." [1]

Zikim has attracted members of Hashomer Hatzair from around the world, most recently from South America. The actor Bob Hoskins worked as a volunteer in Zikim in 1967.

In 2006 a Kassam rocket fired from northern Gaza hit a mattress factory in Kibbutz Zikim. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.[2]In July 2014, five armed Palestinians attempted to cross into Israel via the beach at Kibbutz Zikim. They were killed by IDF gunfire.[3]

Economy[edit]

The main crops are mango and avocado. Zikim also operates one of Israel's largest dairy farms. The main industrial product is polyurethane, produced by the kibbutz factory, Polyrit.

Notable residents[edit]

Kibbutz Zikim, 1956

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