Or Akiva city view 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy Or Akiva Municipality)
Or Akiva, a small town next to the upmarket city of Caesarea, started life in
the early ’50s as a ma’abara (transit camp) for the multitude of immigrants who
flooded the country at that time. The vast majority of residents came from
Morocco, and when the Construction and Housing Ministry built permanent housing
for the ma’abara residents, it did so in the area of the transit
camp.Those residents who were qualified to fulfill the new state’s
manpower needs and could find jobs left the ma’abara and found accommodation
elsewhere. Those who remained – the vast majority – were difficult to employ;
they had been small shopkeepers, and under the changed circumstances they were
only suited to low-paying manual jobs.
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