Magal

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Magal
מַגָּל
The entrance sign to the kibbutz
The entrance sign to the kibbutz
Magal is located in Israel
Magal
Magal
Coordinates: 32°23′7.8″N 35°2′8.16″E / 32.385500°N 35.0356000°E / 32.385500; 35.0356000Coordinates: 32°23′7.8″N 35°2′8.16″E / 32.385500°N 35.0356000°E / 32.385500; 35.0356000
District Haifa
Council Menashe
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1953
Founded by Nahal
Population (2015)[1] 1,057
Name meaning Sickle

Magal (Hebrew: מַגָּל‎, lit. Sickle) is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located in the Wadi Ara region of the northern Sharon plain near the Green Line, it falls under the jurisdiction of Menashe Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 1,057.[1] The kibbutz was named after the sickle on the Nahal's badge.

History[edit]

Kibbutz Magal was founded in 1953 as a Nahal settlement on a hill overlooking the Samaria hills and what was then the border with Jordan. The kibbutz sits on a hill known from the War of Independence as the "86th Regiment" - on any elevation of the hill above the sea level (86 meters). The kibbutz was originally founded by the Tzofim battalion, but when they left, Nahal members began to settle there, which continued to reach it until the 1980s.[2]

In the past, the kibbutz was supported by citrus orchards, avocado plantations and cotton and other field crops. Today the kibbutz is growing olives, almonds and pomegranates. The kibbutz manufactures and markets olive oil and provides catering services to the environment. Since the 1970s, the kibbutz has been based on the Netafim plant, which in cooperation with other kibbutzim is an international corporation for irrigation and dripping products, and is considered the most successful kibbutz enterprise. From the end of the 1990s it began to privatize the kibbutz and today it is almost completely privatized and is considered economically viable.[3]

In 2005, an expansion project was initiated alongside the kibbutz: The residents of the kibbutz together with the residents of the expansion will form a cooperative society, which will deal with all the topics common to the kibbutz and its expansion. The first inhabitants populated the expansion starting in April 2009.

Economy[edit]

Magal is partial owner and has a factory of Netafim, an Israeli irrigation company.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ www.magal.org.il
  3. ^ jpupdates.com