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ḤULATAH (Heb. חוּלָתָה), kibbutz in the Ḥuleh Valley, Israel, affiliated with Ha-Kibbutz ha-Me'uḥad, founded in 1936 after the Ḥuleh Concession (Ḥuleh Valley) was acquired by Jewish bodies. The founders were Israel-born youth of Ha-No'ar ha-Oved movement and *Youth Aliyah graduates from Germany. In the initial years they developed fishing in Lake Ḥuleh and investigated its fauna and flora. At the time, they suffered from still-rampant malaria and from Arab attacks. After drainage of the lake and the swamps, Ḥulatah engaged in farming, but its economic mainstay became a shoe factory and retail outlets. In 2002 its population was 396. The name of the kibbutz derives from the Aramaic name of the Valley.



[Efraim Orni]