Yagur

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Yagur
יָגוּר
Jagur 081.jpg
Yagur is located in Israel
Yagur
Yagur
Coordinates: 32°44′29.40″N 35°4′37.91″E / 32.7415000°N 35.0771972°E / 32.7415000; 35.0771972Coordinates: 32°44′29.40″N 35°4′37.91″E / 32.7415000°N 35.0771972°E / 32.7415000; 35.0771972
District Haifa
Council Zevulun Regional Council
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1922
Founded by Ahva members
Population (2008) 1,124
Website www.yagur.com

Yagur (Hebrew: יָגוּר) is a kibbutz in northern Israel located on the northeastern slopes of Mount Carmel.[1] It is about 9 km southeast of Haifa and one of the two largest kibbutzim in the country. In 2008, Kibbutz Yagur had a population of 1,124. It falls under the jurisdiction of Zevulun Regional Council.

History[edit]

Shomeria pioneer group at Yagur, 1921
A room in Kibbutz Yagur after a weapon search conducted during Operation Agatha. From the collections of the National Library of Israel.
Communal dining hall, Kibbutz Yagur

Yagur was founded in 1922 by a settlement group called Ahva. Its name was taken from an Arab village called "Yajur" nearby. There is a site with a similar name (Jagur) mentioned in the Book of Joshua 15:21, though it was located in territory belonging to the Tribe of Judah, far to the south.

At first, the members worked drying up the swamps surrounding the Kishon River and preparing the land for permanent settlement. They established various agricultural divisions and the kibbutz began to grow.

On 11 April 1931 three members of kibbutz were killed by members of a cell of the Black Hand.[2]

During the Mandate era, Yagur was an important center for the Haganah. During Operation Agatha on 29 June 1946, the British army conducted a major raid on the kibbutz and located a major arms depot hidden there after receiving a tip from informants. The weapons were confiscated, and many members of the kibbutz were arrested.[3]

Economy[edit]

The economy is now based on diversified agriculture and industry. The kibbutz operates a 5-month work-study program for young adults (18-28) in which participants learn conversational Hebrew and work on the kibbutz.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Yagur Stream
  2. ^ Kayyali, Abdul-Wahhab Said (no date) Palestine. A Modern History Croom Helm. ISBN 086199-007-2. p.164
  3. ^ Report on arms caches found at Mesheq Yagur colony including diagrams, ParaData website, Airborne Forces Museum, Duxford.
  4. ^ Kibbutz Yagur Ulpan

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