Yad Natan

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Yad Natan
יַד נָתָן
Yad Natan Aerial View.jpg
Yad Natan is located in Israel
Yad Natan
Yad Natan
Coordinates: 31°39′21″N 34°42′15″E / 31.65583°N 34.70417°E / 31.65583; 34.70417Coordinates: 31°39′21″N 34°42′15″E / 31.65583°N 34.70417°E / 31.65583; 34.70417
District Southern
Council Lakhish
Affiliation HaOved HaTzioni
Founded 1953
Founded by HaNoar HaTzioni
Population (2015)[1] 604
Name meaning Natan Memorial

Yad Natan (Hebrew: יַד נָתָן‎, lit. Memorial for Natan) is a moshav in southern Israel in Hevel Lakhish, near the town of Kiryat Gat. It is part of the Lakhish Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 604.


The moshav was founded in 1953 by Jewish immigrants from the Hungarian youth movement HaNoar HaTzioni as part of the effort to settle the region. It was named after Ottó Komoly (his Hebrew birth name was Natan Kohn), a leader of the Zionist movement in Hungary, who was murdered in 1945, apparently for anti-Semitic reasons. The moshav was built 800m south and 1 km north-east, respectively, of the sites of the Arab villages of Bayt 'Affa and Iraq Suwaydan, which were depopulated in 1948.[2][3]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Survey of Israel, map "Hebron" 1:100,000, revision of 1956.
  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 109. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.