11 points in the Negev

11 points in the Negev (Hebrew: 11 הנקודות or אחת-עשרה הנקודות‎, Akhat-Esre HaNekudot) refers to a Jewish Agency plan for establishing eleven settlements in the Negev in 1946, prior to the partition of Palestine and the establishment of the State of Israel.

The 11 Points
Red pog.svg settlements existing to this day
Black pog.svg settlement dismantled as part of Israeli disengagement from Gaza


Aerial view of Hatzerim, 1958

A plan to establish eleven "points" of Jewish settlement in the Negev was devised in order to assure a Jewish presence in the area prior to the partition of Palestine.[1] This followed the publication of the Morrison-Grady partition proposal, in which the Negev was to be part of an Arab state.[2] Together, the Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Agency, the Haganah and the Mekorot water company launched a drive to settle the Negev and hopefully have the Negev included as part of a Jewish state.[2]

On the night of October 5–6, after the Yom Kippur fast, the settlers, including members of Kibbutz Ruhama and Gvulot, set up camp at eleven pre-determined locations in the Negev.[3][4] The eleven settlements were (in alphabetic order):[2]

Legacy and commemorationEdit

Today a museum celebrating the eleven points is located in Revivim.[5] In 1996 Israel Post released a stamp celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their settlement.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ On Road 2008, Day 2 International Bike Ride for the Children of ALYN hospital
  2. ^ a b c d 50th anniversary of the 11 Negev settlements Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine Boeliem
  3. ^ About Bnei Shimon Archived 2005-01-10 at the Wayback Machine Bnei Shimon Regional Council
  4. ^ Outposts in the Negev Jewish National Fund
  5. ^ Follow Settlement and Agriculture in the Northern Negev Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine Cycling in Israel

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