Kerem Shalom

Kerem Shalom

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Kerem Shalom

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Kerem Shalom (, lit. Vineyard of Peace) is a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council and a border crossing near the meeting of the Gaza Strip-Israel-Egypt borders.


The kibbutz was founded in 1966 adjacent to the triborder area by members of Hashomer Hatzair. Its name includes the word shalom since the members believed that the location would play a role in establishing peace and ending the Arab-Israeli conflict. The kibbutz came apart in 1996, but was re-established in 2001.

In March 2006, a deadly Avian influenza virus was identified in turkey coops in Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

==Border crossing==<!-- this section is redirected to from Kerem Shalom Crossing. -->Since 20 March 2006, the Kerem Shalom border crossing has been used to bring cargo from Egypt into Gaza. It has been used for the delivery of humanitarian supplies from Egypt. Pallets arriving on trucks from Egypt are offloaded in Kerem Shalom, and Palestinian trucks carry the pallets in the Gaza Strip. The turnaround time for the transfer is about 45 minutes, which allows between 15 and 50 truckloads daily.

The Kerem Shalom crossing is managed by the Israel Airports Authority. European monitors from the European Union Border Assistance Mission Rafah use the Kerem Shalom crossing to get to the......
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