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For people with the surname, see Barkai (surname).

Panoramic view from north
Panoramic view from north
Barkai is located in Haifa region of Israel
Coordinates: 32°28′N 35°01′E / 32.467°N 35.017°E / 32.467; 35.017Coordinates: 32°28′N 35°01′E / 32.467°N 35.017°E / 32.467; 35.017
Region Wadi Ara
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 10 May 1949
Population (2017)[1] 559
Name meaning Morning Star

Barkai (Hebrew: בַּרְקַאי‬, lit. Morning Star) is an Israeli kibbutz in the Menashe Regional Council on the western side of Wadi Ara. Its main industries include thermal and acoustic insulation, lamination and packaging: the Polyon Barkai factory; and agriculture: cattle, poultry, avocado and field crops. In 2017 it had a population of 559.[1]

It was founded on 10 May 1949 on land that had belonged to the depopulated Palestinian village of Wadi Ara.The Arabic village east of Kibbutz Barkai still exists. [2][3]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 202. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  3. ^ Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. p. xxii. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.

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