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(Hebrew: settlement) Israeli cooperative community that combines privately farmed land and communal marketing, sometimes with light industry as well. The land on a moshav belongs to the state or the Jewish National Fund. The first successful moshavim were organized in the 1920s. New immigrants were directed to these settlements in the early years of the State of Israel. See alsokibbutz.
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