Gat, Israel

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Kibbutz Gat Aerial View.jpg
Gat is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°37′37.91″N 34°47′38.76″E / 31.6271972°N 34.7941000°E / 31.6271972; 34.7941000Coordinates: 31°37′37.91″N 34°47′38.76″E / 31.6271972°N 34.7941000°E / 31.6271972; 34.7941000
District Southern
Council Yoav
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1934
Founded by Immigrants from Poland, Yugoslavia and Austria
Population (2015)[1] 704
Building the kibbutz

Gat (Hebrew: גַּת‎) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located near Kiryat Gat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Yoav Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 704.[1]


Kibbutz Gat was founded in 1934 by Jewish immigrants from Poland, Yugoslavia and Austria. In 1949, after the inhabitants of the nearby Palestinian village of Iraq al-Manshiyya had been expelled, some of their lands were transferred to Kibbutz Gat.[2] Primor, one of Israel's largest juice manufacturers, is operated by the kibbutz. Citramed, another company located in Kibbutz Gat, has developed a method to squeeze out the antibacterial properties in the rind of citrus fruit for use as a natural preservative in health products and the food industry.[3]

The kibbutz's name is derived from the Philistine town Gath, believed to have been in the same general area. Also from the same source is the town of Kiryat Gat (literally, Gath city).

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "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. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.  p.108
  3. ^ Citramed's citrus extract Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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