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Bnei Ayish
Bnei Ayish COA
District Center
Government Local council (from 1981)
Hebrew בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ
Name meaning Sons of Akiva Yosef Schlezinger
Also spelled Bene Ayish (officially)
Population 7,600 (2005)
Area 836 dunams (0.836 km2; 0.323 sq mi)
Founded in 1951
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

Bnei Ayish (Hebrew: בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ‎), pop. 7,600, is a town (local council), in the Center District of Israel, about ten km from Ashdod and bordering Gedera.

Bnei Ayish originally served as a transit camp for immigrants from Yemen in the early 1950s. Before Israeli independence, the area had served as a military base for British Army troops during the British Mandate of Palestine. Today its population is almost entirely made up of Jews of Yemenite descent and immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

Bnei Ayish, meaning Sons of Ayish, is named after Rabbi Akiva Yosef Schlezinger, whose name is abbreviated to Ayish.

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