Shahar, Israel
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Shahar, Israel

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Shahar is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Coordinates: 31°37?6.96?N 34°43?27.47?E / 31.6186000°N 34.7242972°E / 31.6186000; 34.7242972Coordinates: 31°37?6.96?N 34°43?27.47?E / 31.6186000°N 34.7242972°E / 31.6186000; 34.7242972
AffiliationMoshavim Movement
Founded byNorth African Jewish refugees and Indian-Jewish immigrants
Name meaningDawn

Shahar (Hebrew: , lit. Dawn) is a moshav in south-central Israel. Located about three kilometres west of Kiryat Gat and one kilometre east of Nir Hen, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lakhish Regional Council. In 2018 it had a population of 875.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1955 as part of the program to populate the area with Jewish refugees from North Africa and Jewish immigrants from India on the lands of the depopulated Palestinian village of al-Faluja.[2] Its name symbolizes the dawn of Zionist settlement in Hevel Lakhish.

The main industry that they developed was growing flowers for export, an enterprise which, despite the harsh desert climate, grew and prospered. One of Shahar's leading businessmen, Eliahu Bezalel, won the Kaplan Prize in 1994 and then the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (an award for Non-Resident Indians), in recognition of these achievements.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ All that remains : the Palestinian villages occupied and depopulated by Israel in 1948. Khalidi, Walid. Washington, D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. 1992. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. OCLC 25632612.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Roses in the Desert", a chapter within The Last Jews of Kerala by Edna Fernanades, Porobelo Books, 2008

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