Nesher

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Nesher

נֶשֶׁר‎‎
نيشير‎

Hebrew transcription(s)

 • ISO 259
Nešr

Coat of Arms

Nesher

Coordinates: 32°46′N 35°03′E / 32.767°N 35.050°E / 32.767; 35.050Coordinates: 32°46′N 35°03′E / 32.767°N 35.050°E / 32.767; 35.050

District
Haifa

Founded
1925

Government

 • Type
City

 • Mayor
Avi Binamo

Area

 • Total
12,090 dunams (12.09 km2 or 4.67 sq mi)

Population (2015)[1]

 • Total
23,419

Name meaning
“Eagle” or “Vulture”

Nesher (Hebrew: נֶשֶׁר‎) is a city in the Haifa District of Israel. In 2015 it had a population of 23,419.

Contents

1 History
2 Demographics
3 Education
4 Twinning and cultural exchange
5 References
6 External links

History[edit]

Nesher Cement factory, 1924

Nesher was founded in 1924 as a workers town for the Nesher Cement factory, established in September 1923 by Michael Pollack, a Jewish industrialist from Russia. The area was swampy and malaria-infested, but employees of the factory gradually moved there with their families, bringing the population to 1,500.[2] Nesher was floated as a public company in 1925.[3] In 1929, the Arabs of Balad al-Sheikh attacked the factory and burned down a farm.[4]
By the mid-1930s, Nesher Cement had 700 employees, both Jewish and Arab.[3]
In 1948, thousands of Jewish immigrants from Europe, Iraq and North Africa settled in Nesher. In 1952, a local council was formed comprising four neighborhoods – Nesher, Giv’at Nesher, Ben-Dor and Tel Hanan. The first mayor was Yehu