Yad Mordechai (Hebrew: יַד מָרְדְּכַי, lit. Memorial of Mordechai) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located 10 km south of Ashkelon, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 710.
The community was founded in the 1930s by Hashomer Hatzair members from Poland and initially organized themselves in a kibbutz called Mitzpe Yam close to Netanya, which was founded in 1936. However, the 14 dunams allocated to the kibbutz was too little, and insufficient to develop the kibbutz.
As a result, the community moved to an area near Ashkelon in December 1943 and with the new settlement named in honor of Mordechai Anielewicz, who died fighting the Nazis while being the commander of the Jewish Fighting Organization in the Warsaw Ghetto. During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the kibbutz was attacked by Egypt, in the Battle of Yad Mordechai.
The kibbutz hosts a statue of Anilewicz by Nathan Rapoport clutching a grenade, set on a hilltop next to the kibbutz's water tower which was preserved after being destroyed by the Egyptians. The kibbutz also has a museum devoted to Anielewicz and his fighting in the Ghetto, as well as the Battle of Yad Mordechai, one of only two Holocaust museums located on a kibbutz (the other being at Lohamey HaGeta'ot).
- Larkin, Margaret (1968) The Hand of Mordechai New York/South Brunswick; originally published as "The Six Days of Yad Mordechai" by the Yad Mordechai Museum in Hebrew in 1963, and in English in 1965.
The Jewish Press
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:33:47 -0700
Similar concerns were expressed by residents of Kfar Aza, Yad Mordechai and Mefalsim. The IDF Spokesman responded, “A Givati Brigade force is in Netiv Ha'Asaara for protection and guarding missions. Deploying the troops inside the community is done in ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:32:14 -0700
An Israeli couple has their wedding photo taken in an army staging area on the Israeli Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, on Wednesday. Noga and Moshiko Siho, had their wedding portraits taken during a cease-fire agreement between Israel ...
The Week Magazine
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:26:15 -0700
... remains of tomatoes from outside his house after the annual "tomatina" fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, Spain. | (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz). An Israeli couple poses for a wedding photo at an army staging area on the Israeli-Gaza border, near Yad ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:22:30 -0700
An Israeli couple, Noga and Moshiko Siho, kiss after they have their wedding photos taken Wednesday in an army staging area on the Israel-Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel. Oded Balilty/AP. Some semblance of normal life returned to Gaza ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0700
An Israeli couple took their wedding photo in an army staging area on the Israeli-Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, on Wednesday. AP_Mideast_Israel_Palestinians.2. The Israeli couple leave a staging area as Israeli soldiers direct a tank ...
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:52:31 -0700
1) Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City August 26, 2014. Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire, a senior Israeli official said ...
Voice of America
Voice of America
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:22:05 -0700
Israel and Hamas are both claiming victory in the 50-day Gaza war as a new cease-fire took hold Wednesday. Liran Dan, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that tunnels used by the Hamas militants to sneak into Israel for ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:07:30 -0700
sraeli couple, Noga and Moshiko Siho, leave a staging area after they have their wedding photo taken, as Israeli soldiers direct a tank back to a transport truck on the Israeli Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
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