Gat, Israel

Kibbutz Gat Aerial View.jpg
Gat is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Gat is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°37′38″N 34°47′39″E / 31.62722°N 34.79417°E / 31.62722; 34.79417Coordinates: 31°37′38″N 34°47′39″E / 31.62722°N 34.79417°E / 31.62722; 34.79417
Country Israel
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded byPolish, Yugoslav and Austrian Jews

Gat (Hebrew: גַּת) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located near Kiryat Gat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Yoav Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 869.[1]


Kibbutz Gat was founded in 1934 by Jewish immigrants from Poland, Yugoslavia and Austria. In 1949, after the inhabitants of the nearby Palestinian village of Iraq al-Manshiyya had been expelled, some of their lands were transferred to Kibbutz Gat.[2] Primor, one of Israel's largest juice manufacturers, is operated by the kibbutz. Citramed, another company located in Kibbutz Gat, has developed a method to squeeze out the antibacterial properties in the rind of citrus fruit for use as a natural preservative in health products and the food industry.[3]

The name is derived from the Philistine town Gath, which at the time the kibbutz was founded was identified with the nearby site of Tel Erani. The town of Kiryat Gat (lit. Gath City) was named for the same reason. However, most scholars now consider Tell es-Safi, thirteen kilometres to the northeast, a more likely candidate.[4]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. p.108
  3. ^ Citramed's citrus extract Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. ^ Horton Harris (2011). "The location of Ziklag: a review of the candidate sites, based on Biblical, topographical and archaeological evidence". Palestine Exploration Quarterly. 143 (2): 119–133. doi:10.1179/003103211x12971861556954.

External links

  • Official website (in Hebrew)
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