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Palmachim is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°56′0″N 34°42′23″E / 31.93333°N 34.70639°E / 31.93333; 34.70639Coordinates: 31°56′0″N 34°42′23″E / 31.93333°N 34.70639°E / 31.93333; 34.70639
Council Gan Raveh
Region Coastal plain
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 11 April 1949
Founded by Palmach veterans

Palmachim (Hebrew: פַּלְמַחִים) is a kibbutz in central Israel. Located about ten kilometers south of the Tel Aviv area along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, among the sand dunes, it falls under the jurisdiction of Gan Raveh Regional Council. In 2004 it had a population of 500.


Palmachim desalination plant

Palmachim was established on 11 April 1949 by former members of the Palmach underground organization's Yiftach Brigade,[1] on land near the depopulated Palestinian Arab village of Nabi Rubin.[2]

In 2004 the kibbutz way of life was changed. Its members are responsible for their consumption and get all their incomes. There is no collective account and consumption any more.

In 2006 former residents of Elei Sinai, an Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip evicted during the disengagement plan protested to the government until they were allowed to move to the kibbutz. In 2011, 25 families evicted from Elei Sinai (48 persons) were accepted as members to the kibbutz. In 2013, they began building their homes in Palmachim.


The kibbutz produces agricultural goods and is home to high tech companies.


The ruins of ancient Yavne's seaport, Yavneh-Yam, are located nearby, and its archaeological findings are on display in the kibbutz's small museum.

There are also plans to build a 350-apartment holiday resort on the Palmachim beach, though this has led to several protests and was delayed.[3]


  1. ^ Mapa's concise gazetteer of Israel (in Hebrew). Yuval Elʻazari (ed.). Tel-Aviv: Mapa Publishing. 2005. p. 445. ISBN 965-7184-34-7. 
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0-88728-224-5, p. 403
  3. ^ Battle for the Beach Green Prophet, 17 February 2008

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