Migdal Oz

Migdal Oz
מִגְדַּל עֹז
Migdal Oz
Coordinates: 31°38′26.51″N 35°8′38.04″E / 31.6406972°N 35.1439000°E / 31.6406972; 35.1439000Coordinates: 31°38′26.51″N 35°8′38.04″E / 31.6406972°N 35.1439000°E / 31.6406972; 35.1439000
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Gush Etzion
Region West Bank
Affiliation Religious Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1977
Population (2015) 439[1]
Website www.migdaloz.co.il

Migdal Oz (Hebrew: מִגְדַּל עֹז, lit. Tower of Strength) is an Israeli settlement and income-sharing community kibbutz in the West Bank. Located in the historic Etzion bloc 7.4 km from the Green Line and west of the Separation Barrier, it falls under the jurisdiction of Gush Etzion Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 439.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]


Migdal Oz was established in 1977 on the site of Migdal Eder, a Jewish village destroyed 50 years previously early in the course of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. The name is taken from a Biblical phrase describing God, written in Psalm 61:4 and Proverbs 18:10.[3]

In January 2013, the Israeli Defense Forces arrested a Palestinian who admitted to firing a gun in the direction of a security post at the entrance of Migdal Oz, not hurting anyone.[4]


Its main agricultural pursuits include three turkey coops with 16,000 birds apiece, a dairy housing 260 cows that is among the largest in the country, and fruit orchards. Along with neighbouring Gush Etzion, Rosh Tzurim, and Kfar Etzion, Migdal Oz jointly farms six square kilometers of olive groves near Kiryat Malakhi and Lakhish in the shfelah.

Migdal Oz is also home to some high tech and light industry. The eponymous Migdal Oz seminary, an advanced women's yeshiva, was opened in 1997.


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. Bitan, Hanna: 1948-1998: Fifty Years of 'Hityashvut': Atlas of Names of Settlements in Israel, Jerusalem 1999, Carta, p.37 ,ISBN 965-220-423-4 (Hebrew)
  4. Yoel Goldman (January 14, 2013). "IDF arrests Palestinian who fired at kibbutz". The Times of Israel. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
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