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נִצָּנִים, ניצנים
Nitzanim Palace (2).jpg
Nitzanim is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Coordinates: 31°42′59.75″N 34°38′1.68″E / 31.7165972°N 34.6338000°E / 31.7165972; 34.6338000Coordinates: 31°42′59.75″N 34°38′1.68″E / 31.7165972°N 34.6338000°E / 31.7165972; 34.6338000
CouncilHof Ashkelon
AffiliationHaOved HaTzioni
Founded byNew immigrants
Homes in Nitzanim destroyed in the Arab–Israeli War

Nitzanim (Hebrew: נִצָּנִים, lit. Flower buds) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located between Ashkelon and Ashdod on the Nitzanim dunes, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. In 2018 it had a population of 382.[1]


Nitzanim was established on 400 acre plot of land purchased by the Jewish National Fund in 1942. On the grounds was a large building that became known as the "mansion."[2] The first residents were new immigrants, some of them Holocaust survivors.

The kibbutz was bombarded and captured by the Egyptian army during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War in the Battle of Nitzanim. Of Nitzanim's 141 members, 37 were killed and many were taken prisoner.[3]

Following the war, the kibbutz was moved four kilometres south of the original location,[4] onto the land of the newly depopulated Palestinian village of Hamama.[5]

The original site of the kibbutz became Nitzanim Youth Village in 1949. After the youth village closed in 1990, the community settlement of Nitzan was founded there. Nitzanim is surrounded by a nature reserve.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ Women of Valor Center - Nitzanim Society for the Preservation of Israel Heritage sites
  3. ^ Nitzanim Beach Gems in Israel
  4. ^ a b Historical sites in Nitzan Israel Inside Out
  5. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 100. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.

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