Coordinates: 31°56′0″N 34°42′23″E / 31.93333°N 34.70639°E / 31.93333; 34.70639
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Palmachim is located in Central Israel
Palmachim is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°56′0″N 34°42′23″E / 31.93333°N 34.70639°E / 31.93333; 34.70639
Country Israel
CouncilGan Raveh
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded11 April 1949
Founded byPalmach veterans
Palmachim desalination plant

Palmachim (Hebrew: פַּלְמַחִים) is a kibbutz in central Israel. Located about ten kilometers south of the Tel Aviv area along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, among the sand dunes, it falls under the jurisdiction of Gan Raveh Regional Council. In 2021 it had a population of 743.[1]


Palmachim was established on 11 April 1949 by former members of the Palmach underground organization's Yiftach Brigade,[2] on land of the depopulated Palestinian village of Nabi Rubin.[3]

In 2004 the kibbutz underwent privatization. In 2006 former residents of Elei Sinai, an Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip evicted during the disengagement plan protested to the government until they were allowed to move to the kibbutz. In 2011, 25 families evicted from Elei Sinai (48 persons) were accepted as members to the kibbutz. In 2013, they began building their homes in Palmachim.


The kibbutz produces agricultural goods and is home to high tech companies.


The ruins of ancient Yavne's seaport, Yavneh-Yam, are located nearby, and its archaeological findings are on display in the kibbutz's small museum.

There are also plans to build a 350-apartment holiday resort on Palmachim beach, though this has led to several protests and was delayed.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ Mapa's concise gazetteer of Israel (in Hebrew). Yuval Elʻazari (ed.). Tel-Aviv: Mapa Publishing. 2005. p. 445. ISBN 965-7184-34-7.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 403. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  4. ^ Battle for the Beach Archived 2008-03-15 at the Wayback Machine Green Prophet, 17 February 2008