Kiryat Ekron

Kiryat Ekron
  • קִרְיַת עֶקְרוֹן
  • كريات عكرون
Hebrew transcription(s)
  ISO 259 Qiryat ʕeqron
  Also spelled Qiryath Eqron (official)

Coat of arms
Kiryat Ekron
Coordinates: 31°51′39.48″N 34°49′23″E / 31.8609667°N 34.82306°E / 31.8609667; 34.82306Coordinates: 31°51′39.48″N 34°49′23″E / 31.8609667°N 34.82306°E / 31.8609667; 34.82306
District Central
Founded 1948
  Type Local council
  Head of Municipality Hovev Tzabri
  Total 2,313 dunams (2.313 km2 or 572 acres)
Population (2015)[1]
  Total 10,747

Kiryat Ekron or Qiryath Eqron (Hebrew: קִרְיַת עֶקְרוֹן, Arabic: كريات عكرون) is a town located on the coastal plain in the Central District of Israel. Located immediately south of the city of Rehovot on Highway 411 next to the Bilu Junction, in 2015 it had a population of 10,747.


Kiryat Ekron was founded in 1948, as Kfar Ekron, on the site of the Arab village of Aqir, and was named after the biblical Ekron, a major Philistine city that once existed at nearby Tel Mikne.[2] After the war, new immigrants from Yemen and Bulgaria 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 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.[3]

Attempts to unite Kiryat Ekron with the much larger municipality of Rehovot in 2003 failed after popular protest from residents of the town, 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 was originally called Ekron, when founded in 1880s; its name was changed to Mazkeret Batya in 1887).


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.

Notable residents

Twin towns

Kiryat Ekron is twinned with:


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. S. Gitin, T. Dothan, and J. Naveh, "A Royal Dedicatory Inscription from Ekron," Israel Exploration Journal 47 (1997): 9-16
  3. אודות קרית עקרון [About Kiryat Ekron] (in Hebrew). Kiryat Ekron local council. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  4. "Sister Cities: City of Akron". Akron, Ohio. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
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