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Bizzaron, Israel

BIẒẒARON (Heb. בִּצָּרוֹן; "stronghold," cf. Zech. 9:12), moshav in the southern Coastal Plain of Israel, affiliated with Tenu'at ha-Moshavim, founded in 1931 by pioneers from the Soviet Union whose training farm "Tel Ḥai" in the Crimea had been closed by the Soviet authorities. They themselves had been imprisoned as Zionists but later permitted to leave. Farming was highly intensive, with citrus plantations as the principal branch. In 2002 the population of Bizzaron was 822.

[Efraim Orni]

Source: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2008 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.