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Elkosh is located in Israel
Coordinates: 33°1′59.62″N 35°19′21.82″E / 33.0332278°N 35.3227278°E / 33.0332278; 35.3227278Coordinates: 33°1′59.62″N 35°19′21.82″E / 33.0332278°N 35.3227278°E / 33.0332278; 35.3227278
District Northern
Council Ma'ale Yosef
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1949
Founded by Yemenite Jews
Population (2015)[1] 318

Elkosh (Hebrew: אֶלְקוֹשׁ‎) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located near Ma'alot-Tarshiha and the Lebanese border, it falls under the jurisdiction of Ma'ale Yosef Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 318.


The village was established in 1949 by immigrants from Yemen on the land of the depopulated Arab village of Dayr al-Qassi,[2] and was named after the biblical city of Elkosh, birth-town of prophet Nahum (Nahum 1:1), which was located in the area. The founders were later joined by more immigrants from Kurdistan.[citation needed] The village is founded which was depopulated in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, p. 13, ISBN 0-88728-224-5