Yad Natan

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Yad Natan
יַד נָתָן
Yad Natan Aerial View.jpg
Yad Natan is located in Ashkelon region of 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 (2017)[1] 626
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 2017 it had a population of 626.[1]


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 (also known as Natan Kohn), a leader of the Zionist movement in Hungary, who disappeared in Hungary in 1945 after being arrested by the Arrow Cross.[citation needed]

The moshav was built 800m south and 1 km north-east, respectively, of the sites of the Palestinian villages of Bayt 'Affa and Iraq Suwaydan, which were depopulated in 1948. It is on the land of Iraq Suwaydan.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ Survey of Israel, map "Hebron" 1:100,000, revision of 1956.
  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. pp. 86, 109. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.