Bnei Ayish

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.[1]

Bnei Ayish

  • בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ
  • بني عايش
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Bnei ʕayš
 • Also spelledBene Ayish (official)
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Bnei Ayish is located in Central Israel
Bnei Ayish
Bnei Ayish
Coordinates: 31°47′18.94″N 34°45′39.29″E / 31.7885944°N 34.7609139°E / 31.7885944; 34.7609139Coordinates: 31°47′18.94″N 34°45′39.29″E / 31.7885944°N 34.7609139°E / 31.7885944; 34.7609139
Founded7 October 1957
 • TypeLocal council (from 1981)
 • Head of MunicipalityAryeh Garela
 • Total836 dunams (83.6 ha or 207 acres)
 • Total7,017
 • Density8,400/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Name meaningSons of Akiva Yosef Schlezinger


The town was founded in 1957 on land that had belonged to the depopulated Palestinian village of Yasur.[2] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ 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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