Kfar Yavetz

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Kfar Yavetz (Hebrewכְּפַר יַעֲבֵץ‎, lit. Yavetz Village) is a religious moshav in central Israel. Located in the Sharon plain near Tayibe, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lev HaSharon Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 659.[1]

Kfar Yavetz

כְּפַר יַעֲבֵץ
Kfar Yavetz is located in Central Israel
Kfar Yavetz
Kfar Yavetz
Coordinates: 32°16′29.99″N 34°57′52.55″E / 32.2749972°N 34.9645972°E / 32.2749972; 34.9645972Coordinates: 32°16′29.99″N 34°57′52.55″E / 32.2749972°N 34.9645972°E / 32.2749972; 34.9645972
CouncilLev HaSharon
AffiliationHapoel HaMizrachi
Founded10 April 1932


The village was founded on 10 April 1932 as a kibbutz. It was named for Rabbi Ze'ev Yavetz, a founder of the Mizrachi movement.[2]

As the kibbutz was situated on the front, opposite the Iraqi army sent as auxiliaries during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the inhabitants were evacuated for their safety, and the kibbutz was turned into army base.[3] The residents resettled in Geulei Teiman and the village was rebuilt as a moshav in 1951, incorporating within it new immigrants from Yemen and from central Europe.[3]

Kfar Yavetz is located in the heart of the Triangle, near the Wadi Ara highway.

On 7 July 2003, Mazal Afari, 65, a resident of Kfar Yavetz was killed in her home in a suicide bombing carried out by the Islamic Jihad. Afari, a mother of eight, was waiting for her husband and sons to return from synagogue. The militant slipped into the house unnoticed and detonated a bomb he was carrying in a bag.[4] Three of her grandchildren were injured in the attack.[5] The house was destroyed in the blast.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Zionism: Religious Zionism". Jewish Virtual Library. American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. January 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Tobi, Yosef; Seri, Shalom (eds.). ילקוט תימן [An Anthology of Yemen] (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv: Lior Sharaf. p. 130. ISBN 9657121035.
  4. ^ Singer-Heruti, Roni; Harel, Amos; Regular, Arnon (July 9, 2003). "Attacks Will Continue, Jihad Cell Warns". Haaretz. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Comprehensive Listing of Terrorism Victims in Israel: September 1993 - Present". Jewish Virtual Library. American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. March 18, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Greenberg, Joel (July 9, 2003). "Militants link suicide blast to prisoners". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 24, 2019.