Adjacent to Kibbutz Ein Tzurim, between Kiryat Malachi and Ashkelon, KKL-JNF has helped to restore the dwindling winter pond that lies within the jurisdiction of the Shafir Regional Council. In May 2012, a special ceremony was held to celebrate the rehabilitation of this large pool, which is expected to retain its water at least until the beginning of July.
The Shafir Winter Pond - History
The Shafir Winter Pond is located within the area of jurisdiction of the Shafir Regional Council, near the entrance to Kibbutz Ein Tzurim (adjacent to the gas station), and the site is marked by a number of tall eucalyptus trees. In the past, the pool was used to water flocks and irrigate the crops grown by residents of the Arab village of Sawafir al-Sharqiyya. The name Sawafir may perhaps retain the sound of the Hebrew name of the ancient Jewish settlement of Shafir, which is mentioned in the Bible in the Prophet Micah’s vision of destruction: “Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir… the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Beth-Etzel; he shall receive of you his standing,” (Micah 1:11).