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Zeitan is located in Central Israel
Coordinates: 31°58′29.64″N 34°53′15.72″E / 31.9749000°N 34.8877000°E / 31.9749000; 34.8877000Coordinates: 31°58′29.64″N 34°53′15.72″E / 31.9749000°N 34.8877000°E / 31.9749000; 34.8877000
District Central
Council Lod Valley
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 5 June 1950
Founded by Libyan immigrants
Population (2016)[1] 1,067

Zeitan (Hebrew: זֵיתָן‬) is a moshav in central Israel. Located near Lod and the road to Ben Gurion International Airport, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lod Valley Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 1,067.[1]


The village was founded on 5 June 1950 by immigrants from Tripoli in Libya who were originally from a small town named Zliten. There are several theories as to the source of its name; one is that it is an adaption of Zliten; another that it is dervived from the Hebrew word for Olive (Zeit), which are grown in the area; whilst a third is that it is taken from the name of one of the Tribe of Benjamin, which lived in the area and is named in 1 Chronicles 7:10;

And the sons of Jediael: Bilhan; and the sons of Bilhan: Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tarshish, and Ahishahar.


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017.