The word Negba means southward. Negba is a kibbutz located in the northern part of the Negev. It has 600 residents, and they own two factories. Negba is not only a Kibbutz, but also a museum that talks about Israel’s war for independence. You see, Negba was still around during the war and it was the place where the Egyptians led their forces. In Negba while the Egyptians were attacking, David Ben Gurion was gathering a small military force consisting 16,500 men called the Hagganah.
The Egyptians, with six thousand men invaded Israel through the Gaza Strip. They had artillery, armored tanks, better weapons, and planes. Half of the men moved west toward Tel Aviv, while the rest went in the direction of Jerusalem. The group that went towards Tel Aviv was confronted by a small kibbutz called Negba that was willing to die for their country. When the battles started all the children were evacuated and moved to a place north of Tel Aviv. By that time the people of Negba had built trenches and were ready for an attack, just not this on. Though they started their attack the fifteenth they first fired at Negba on the seventeenth. They were armed with weapons, tanks, and planes. You tried to grab a rifle if you could, and then you would start shooting. None of the men were marksmen, and they had spent there whole life in Negba, so they did not have much practice. After things got bad they were forced to move the entire camp underground. At one point 600 shells were exploding in one hour. Then in November things started to look better. The IDF was coming and with their they managed to defeat the egyptians.
Some of the many sights in Negba include a tank, a statue of a Soldier, a worker, and a nurse, and a big water tower that has bullet holes in it.