Kiryat Ekron
Kiryat Ekron or Qiryath Eqron is an Israel
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i town located on the coastal plain in the Central Region of Israel. Kiryat Ekron is named after the biblical Ekron
The city of Ekron , was one of the five cities of the famed Philistine pentapolis, located in southwestern Canaan. Ekron lies 35 kilometers west of Jerusalem, and 18 kilometers north of ancient Gath, on the eastern edge of Israel's coastal plain.-History:...

, a major Philistine city that once existed at nearby Tel Mikne.

Kiryat Ekron was founded in 1948, as Kfar Ekron, at the site of the Arab village Aqir
Aqir was a Palestinian Arab village in the District of Ramle located 9 km southwest of Ramla and 1 km north of Wadi al-Nasufiyya .-History:...

, that was destroyed during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. After the war, new immigrants from Bulgaria
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 and Yemen
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 settled in the remaining houses. In November 1948, two ma'abarot were established on the village's lands; the Aqir ma'abara, and the Givat Brenner
Givat Brenner
Givat Brenner , also written Giv'at Brener, is a kibbutz in the Center District of Israel. Located around two kilometres south of Rehovot, it falls under the jurisdiction of Brenner Regional Council...

 ma'abara. In 1953, the Aqir ma'abara was officially made part of Kfar Ekron, followed by the Givat Brenner ma'abara in 1955. From 1954 to 1963, Kfar Ekron belonged to the Givat Brenner regional council. In 1963, the name of the town was changed to Kiryat Ekron, and it became an independent local municipality.

According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics the population of Kiryat Ekron was 9800 in 2004. The average monthly wage in the year 2000 according to the bureau of statistics was ₪4296 (Israeli new sheqel
Israeli new sheqel
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s) with the national average being ₪6835. The population was 99% Jewish and had a 1:1 male to female ratio.

Kiryat Ekron is situated immediately south of the city of Rehovot
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 on Highway 411 next to the Bilu Junction. The largest commercial centre in Israel - "Bilu Centre" is located in Kiryat Ekron. The centre was built up in the late 1990s on land that was formerly agricultural, particularly citrus groves. Attempts to unite Kiryat Ekron with the much larger municipality of Rehovot in 2003 failed after popular protest from the Ekronites, as did similar attempts to unite Kiryat Ekron's municipality with that of the town of Mazkeret Batya due to opposition from the smaller town's residents the same year.
(Mazkeret Batya
Mazkeret Batya
Mazkeret Batya is a town in the center of Israel located southeast of Rehovot and from Tel-Aviv. Mazkeret Batya spans an area of 7,440 dunams . In December 2008, it had a population of 9,900. The mayor of Mazkeret Batya is Meir Dahan.-History:Mazkeret Batya was established on November 7, 1883 by...

 was originally called Ekron, when founded in 1880's. Its name was changed to Mazkeret Batya
Mazkeret Batya
Mazkeret Batya is a town in the center of Israel located southeast of Rehovot and from Tel-Aviv. Mazkeret Batya spans an area of 7,440 dunams . In December 2008, it had a population of 9,900. The mayor of Mazkeret Batya is Meir Dahan.-History:Mazkeret Batya was established on November 7, 1883 by...

 in 1887).

A small suburban town, Kiryat Ekron is a 10-20 minute drive from the Trans Israel Highway
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 and Highway 1
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 and located approximately 23 kilometres South East from Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
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 and 40 km West of Jerusalem.

Sister cities

Kiryat Ekron has a sister city
Town twinning
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, as designated by the Sister Cities International
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- Akron
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, United States
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Famous residents

Kiryat Ekron was home to Dudu Aharon
Dudu Aharon
Dudu Aharon is a singer song writer, musician, and composer from Israel.Aharon is considered one of Israel's most prominent singers of Mizrahi Music in modern times . He is admired both as a singer and for the songs he writes for others . Aharon released his first album "First Love", in 2007...

a famous Israeli music artist, Aharon grew up and learnt to sing in the town.
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