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עֹפֶר, עופר
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Ofer is located in Haifa region of Israel
Coordinates: 32°37′21.72″N 34°58′56.28″E / 32.6227000°N 34.9823000°E / 32.6227000; 34.9823000Coordinates: 32°37′21.72″N 34°58′56.28″E / 32.6227000°N 34.9823000°E / 32.6227000; 34.9823000
CouncilHof HaCarmel
AffiliationMoshavim Movement
Founded byIndian and Iranian immigrants

Ofer (Hebrew: עֹפֶר, lit. Fawn) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located south of Haifa, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof HaCarmel Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 651.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1950 by immigrants from India (mainly Cochin) and Iran. Its name is derived from Ayn Ghazal (lit. Deer Spring), the depopulated Palestinian village on whose land it was built.[2] It is also on some of the land of the depopulated villages of Khirbat Al-Manara[3] and Khirbat al-Sawamir.[4]

Agricultural income is derived from raising cattle, sheep and chickens growing vegetables and flowers, and tourism.


  1. ^ a b "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 148. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  3. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 176
  4. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 191