Bnei Ayish (Hebrew: בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ) is a town and local council in the Central District of Israel. Located around ten kilometers from Ashdod and adjacent to Gedera, it had a population of 7,017 in 2018.
|• ISO 259||Bnei ʕayš|
|• Also spelled||Bene Ayish (official)|
|Founded||7 October 1957|
|• Type||Local council (from 1981)|
|• Head of Municipality||Aryeh Garela|
|• Total||836 dunams (83.6 ha or 207 acres)|
|• Density||8,400/km2 (22,000/sq mi)|
|Name meaning||Sons of Akiva Yosef Schlezinger|
The town was founded in 1957 on land that had belonged to the depopulated Palestinian village of Yasur. Before 1948, the area had served as a military base for British Army troops during the Mandate era. It was named after Rabbi Akiva Yosef Schlezinger, whose name is abbreviated to Ayish.
Bnei Ayish originally served as a transit camp for immigrants from Yemen in the early 1950s. Today its population is almost entirely made up of Jews of Yemenite descent and immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
- "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
- Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, p. 139, ISBN 0-88728-224-5
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