Harel, Israel

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Harel is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Coordinates: 31°48′34.19″N 34°57′0.35″E / 31.8094972°N 34.9500972°E / 31.8094972; 34.9500972Coordinates: 31°48′34.19″N 34°57′0.35″E / 31.8094972°N 34.9500972°E / 31.8094972; 34.9500972
District Jerusalem
Council Mateh Yehuda
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 28 October 1948
Founded by Demobbed Palmach soldiers
Area 12,000 dunams (12 km2 or 5 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1] 271
 • Density 23/km2 (58/sq mi)
Website www.kibbutzharel.co.il
Beit-Ha'Kshatot ("House of the Arches") where Meir Tobianski was executed (1948)

Harel (Hebrew: הַרְאֵל‬, lit. Mountain of God) is a kibbutz in central Israel. Located near Latrun with an area of 12,000 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 271.[1]


The village was established on 28 October 1948 on the land of the depopulated Palestinian village of Bayt Jiz.[2][3] It was named for the Harel Brigade of the Palmach, which its founders had been members of and the building from which Yitzhak Rabin commanded the Harel Brigade is located on the grounds of the kibbutz. Most of the founders were Sabras, although some were new immigrants from Hungary and Poland.[4]

A pre-Roman wine press was discovered in the kibbutz vineyards.[5]

Clos de Gat winery, established in 1998, produces around 90,000 bottles annually. The grapes come from 130 dunams of vineyards on the outskirts of the kibbutz.[6]


  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. 365. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  3. ^ Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. p. xxi. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
  4. ^ About Us Kibbutz Harel
  5. ^ Wineries Eshet Incoming
  6. ^ Clos de Gat Winery Go Israel

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