The Ayalon Institute (Bullet Factory)

David Fikes Street, Rehovot, Israel

972 08-940-6552

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At first glance, to visitors and to the factory workers once employed there, the Ayalon Institute is nothing more than a hilltop factory comprised of a dining hall, chicken coop, barn, laundry and bakery. In fact, the kibbutz housed a top-secret, underground bullet factory put into place by the Zionist leaders in the 1930’s with the sole purpose of producing ammunition for their fight for independence. The visit here provides a fascinating change of pace from the traditional historical sights. Note that while the experience is fun (especially for kids), it can feel a little cheesy.

Written by Emma Pierce

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