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Kiryat Ekron

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Kiryat Ekron or Qiryath Eqron is an Israeli toun locatit on the coastal plain in the Central Region o Israel. Kiryat Ekron is named efter the biblical Ekron, a major Philistine ceety that ance existit at nearby Tel Mikne[1].

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kiryat Ekron wis foondit in 1948, as Kfar Ekron, at the steid o the Arab veelage Aqir, that wis destroyed durin the Israeli war o unthirldom. Efter the war, new immigrants frae Bulgarie an Yemen settled in the remainin hooses. In November 1948, twa ma'abarot wur established on the veelage's lands; the Aqir ma'abara, an the Givat Brenner ma'abara. In 1953, the Aqir ma'abara wis offeecially made pairt o Kfar Ekron, follaed bi the Givat Brenner ma'abara in 1955. Frae 1954 tae 1963, Kfar Ekron belanged tae the Givat Brenner regional cooncil. In 1963, the name o the toun wis chyngit tae Kiryat Ekron, an it became an independent local municipality.[2]

Demographics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Accordin tae the Israeli Central Bureau o Statistics the population o Kiryat Ekron wis 9800 in 2004. The average monthly wage in the year 2000 accordin tae the bureau o statistics wis 4296 (Israeli new shekels) wi the naitional average bein ₪6835. The population wis 99% Jewish an haed a 1:1 male tae female ratio.

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kiryat Ekron is situatit immediately sooth o the ceety o Rehovot on Heich-gate 411 next tae the Bilu Junction. The lairgest commercial centre in Israel - "Bilu Centre" is locatit in Kiryat Ekron. The centre wis biggit up in the late 1990s on land that wis umwhile agricultural, pairticularly citrus groves. Attempts tae unite Kiryat Ekron wi the hintle lairger municipality o Rehovot in 2003 failed efter popular protest frae the Ekronites, as did seemilar attempts tae unite Kiryat Ekron's municipality wi that o the toun o Mazkeret Batya due tae opposition frae the smawer toun's residents the same year. (Mazkeret Batya wis oreeginally cried Ekron, when foondit in 1880's. Its name wis chyngit tae Mazkeret Batya in 1887).

A sma suburban toun, Kiryat Ekron is a 10-20 minute drive frae the Trans Israel Heich-gate an Heich-gate 1 an locatit approximately 23 kilometres Sooth East frae Tel Aviv an 40 km Wast o Jerusalem.

Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kiryat Ekron haes a sister ceety, as designatit bi the Sister Cities International:

Famous residents[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kiryat Ekron wis hame tae Dudu Aharon a famous Israeli muisicker, Aharon grew up an learnt tae sing in the toun.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • "Planning map of Ganei Hadar/Aqir". Retrieved 27 Juin 2010.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. S. Gitin, T. Dothan, and J. Naveh, "A Royal Dedicatory Inscription from Ekron," Israel Exploration Journal 47 (1997): 9-16
  2. "אודות קרית עקרון" (in Hebrew). Kiryat Ekron local council. Retrieved 29 Juin 2010. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)

Coordinates: 31°51′39″N 34°49′23″E / 31.860967°N 34.823056°E / 31.860967; 34.823056