Magen, Israel

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Sheikh Nuran Grave in Kibbutz Magen, Israel.jpg
Magen is located in Northwest Negev region of Israel
Coordinates: 31°12′37.08″N 34°27′57.9″E / 31.2103000°N 34.466083°E / 31.2103000; 34.466083Coordinates: 31°12′37.08″N 34°27′57.9″E / 31.2103000°N 34.466083°E / 31.2103000; 34.466083
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded16 August 1949
Founded byRomanian immigrants
Population (2017)[1]542

Magen (Hebrew: מָגֵן‬, lit. Shield) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located in the north-western Negev desert and covering 8,500 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Eshkol Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 542.[1]


The kibbutz was established by immigrants from Romania on 16 August 1949. The site was on the remains the Maqam (shrine) of Sheikh Nuran, a battlefield during Operation Assaf in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

Sheikh Nuran following its occupation by the Israeli Army during Operation Assaf, December 1948


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.

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