Batzra

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Batzra
בָּצְרָה
מבט על הפרדסים של בצרה ממערב.JPG
Batzra is located in Central Israel
Batzra
Batzra
Coordinates: 32°12′46.08″N 34°52′40.43″E / 32.2128000°N 34.8778972°E / 32.2128000; 34.8778972Coordinates: 32°12′46.08″N 34°52′40.43″E / 32.2128000°N 34.8778972°E / 32.2128000; 34.8778972
District Central
Council Hof HaSharon
Affiliation Agricultural Union
Founded 1946
Founded by Demobbed soldiers
Population (2016)[1] 1,153

Batzra (Hebrew: בָּצְרָה‬) is a moshav in central Israel. Located in the Sharon plain near Ra'anana, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof HaSharon Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 1,153.[1]

History[edit]

The moshav was established in 1946 by demobilised soldiers who had received technical training in the British Army. It was named after Basra in Iraq, where the unit was stationed for some time during World War II.[2] By 1947 it had a population of 80.[2] It was redeemed by South African Jewry.[2]

Batzra extends onto the land of the former Palestinian village of Tabsur, which was depopulated in April 1948.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Jewish National Fund (1949). Jewish Villages in Israel. Jerusalem: Hamadpis Liphshitz Press. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, p. 562, ISBN 0-88728-224-5