Ma'anit

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Ma'anit
מַעֲנִית
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Ma'anit is located in Haifa
Ma'anit
Ma'anit
Coordinates: 32°27′00″N 35°02′00″E / 32.45000°N 35.03333°E / 32.45000; 35.03333Coordinates: 32°27′00″N 35°02′00″E / 32.45000°N 35.03333°E / 32.45000; 35.03333
Region Coastal plain
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1942
Founded by Czechoslovakian and Polish Hashomer Hatzair members

Ma'anit (Hebrew: מַעֲנִית) is a kibbutz located near the town of Pardes Hanna-Karkur in northern Israel. It falls under the jurisdiction of Menashe Regional Council. In 2014, it had 180 members.[1]

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The kibbutz was established in 1942 by members of the Hashomer Hatzair movement who immigrated from Czechoslovakia and Poland. Its name refers to the first furrow ploughed in a field. The analogy was presented in Avraham Herzfeld's speech about settlement in the area: He saw the establishment of the kibbutz as being the first of many. Due to its location near Wadi Ara, the kibbutz was on the front line during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and was attacked by the Iraqi Army.

Galam Ltd., a company that produces starch and glucose for the food industry, is based in Kibbutz Ma'anit. In 2010, Galam recorded annual sales of $137.6 million, half of it from export. After developing a new natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant, the company signed a contract with Corn Products International, which grows and processes stevia in South Africa.[2]

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