BOZRAH (Heb. בָּצְרָה), moshav in Israel in the southern Sharon near Ra'ananah, affiliated with Ha-Iḥud ha-Ḥakla'i, the middle-class settlements association, founded in 1946 by World War II veterans. After the War of Independence (1948) immigrants from Poland, Romania, and North Africa joined the settlement. The moshav's economy was based on intensive farming, including citrus groves, orchards, field crops, and beehives. The biblical name of the moshav (literally "fortified place") coincides with that of the Iraqi town Basra, where the first settlers served with the British Royal Engineers Corps and organized themselves for future settlement. In 1969 the moshav numbered 425 inhabitants, increasing to 671 by 2002. -WEBSITE:\>\> (Efraim Orni)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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