Beit Hanan is a moshav
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, south of Tel Aviv
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, about two kilometers west of Ness Ziona
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. It belongs to the Moshavim Movement
The Moshavim Movement is one of the main settlement movements in Israel, whose members are cooperative villages organized as moshavim and moshavim shitufiim...
and Gan Raveh Regional Council
Gan Raveh Regional Council
Gan Raveh Regional Council is a regional council in the Center District of Israel. The council's area of jurisdiction extends to eightsettlements: a kibbutz, six moshavim and a youth village. In 2006, the total population was 5,000...
. The population is approximately 500.
HistoryFounded during the Hanukkah
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holiday of 1929 by Jewish immigrants
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, Beit Hanan was the first Jewish agricultural community to be established after the 1929 Palestine riots
1929 Palestine riots
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. The name is taken from the Bible
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, specifically (1 Kings
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In 2007, Beit Hanan had 750 acres (3 km²) of farmland. The main economic branches are eggs, orchards (pecan, citrus, avocado, mango, anona and olives) and greenhouses (flowers, vegetables and seedlings). The moshav also has banquet facilities on the grounds of a historic home.
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-inscribed mosaic floor was discovered within the boundaries of the moshav. A rare species of red iris grows west of the moshav, in a wild flower reserve stretching over 8 acres (32,374.9 m²).