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Karmia is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°36′14.75″N 34°32′32.99″E / 31.6040972°N 34.5424972°E / 31.6040972; 34.5424972Coordinates: 31°36′14.75″N 34°32′32.99″E / 31.6040972°N 34.5424972°E / 31.6040972; 34.5424972
Council Hof Ashkelon
Region Southern coastal plain
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 20 May 1950
Founded by Hashomer Hatzair members

Karmia (Hebrew: כַּרְמִיָּה) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located between Ashkelon and the Gaza Strip, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 464.

The kibbutz was established on 20 May 1950 by a Nahal gar'in of Hashomer Hatzair members from France and Tunisia who had been trained in Beit Zera. It was established around a school which had been built by the British authorities for the Arab village of Hiribya, which was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Its name is derived from the Hebrew for vineyard (Hebrew: כרם‎, Kerem), which were common in the area.

In 1972 a blanket factory was established in the kibbutz.

The kibbutz absorbed 54 families from Elei Sinai and Nisanit, which were evacuated as part of the disengagement plan.[1] Since 2006 it has been repeatedly hit by Qassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, including one that landed on its football pitch, and another Qassam rocket that landed inside a house and injured 3 people severely in 2005.


  1. ^ Evacuees: First we were expelled, now we're abandoned The Jerusalem Post, 8 February 2006