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Zohar, Israel

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District  Southern
Affiliation  Agricultural Union
Name meaning  Brightness
Local time  Sunday 8:14 AM
Council  Lakhish
Population (2015)  349
Founded  1956
Zohar, Israel

Founded by  Algerian and Tunisian Jews
Weather  13°C, Wind S at 11 km/h, 93% Humidity

Zohar (Hebrew: זֹהַר‎, lit. Brightness) is a moshav in southern Israel. Located near the city of Kiryat Gat, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lakhish Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 349.

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Map of Zohar, Israel

A large lake that serves as a reservoir lies near the town.

History

The moshav was founded in 1956 by Jewish refugees from Algeria and Tunisia on land, that had belonged to the Arab village of al-Faluja, as part of the effort to settle Hevel Lakhish.

According to Walid Khalidi, Zohar is founded on the land belonging to the depopulated Palestinian village of Burayr.

Its name signifies the desire of the inhabitants to be quickly absorbed in what was then a remote frontier region. In later years, new immigrants from Iraq, Russia and Hungary settled there.

In the 1950s and 1960s the moshav was a target for Palestinian fedayeen who infiltrated into Israel from Gaza.

References

Zohar, Israel Wikipedia