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This article is about the kibbutz. For the neighbourhood of Jerusalem, see Katamon. For the town and district in Turkey, see Gönen.

Coordinates: 33°7′20.63″N 35°38′47.03″E / 33.1223972°N 35.6463972°E / 33.1223972; 35.6463972Coordinates: 33°7′20.63″N 35°38′47.03″E / 33.1223972°N 35.6463972°E / 33.1223972; 35.6463972

Council Upper Galilee
Region Finger of the Galilee
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded August 13, 1951
Founded by Nahal
Name meaning Defended

Gonen (Hebrew: גּוֹנֵן, lit. Defended) is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located in the Finger of the Galilee near Kiryat Shmona, it falls under the jurisdiction of Upper Galilee Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 314.


Gonen was established on August 13, 1951[1] as a Nahal settlement, and was civilianised a year later by a group of Hebrew Scouts.[2] It was the first Nahal settlement to convert to civilian control.

Its name is derived from the Book of Kings and symbolized the settlement's strategic location and proximity to the pre-Six-Day War Israel–Syria border, established in the 1949 Armistice Agreements. During the 1949–1967 period, the village's vicinity was the site of numerous skirmishes with the Syrian army.[2]

Since 1994, the kibbutz has been in the process of conversion to a communal settlement.[2]


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