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Aerial photograph of the towns of the Krayot. The thoroughfare running through the center, Derech Akko, separates Kiryat Bialik (r) from Kiryat Motzkin (l). Kiryat Yam runs along the coast.

The Krayot (Hebrew: הקריות‬, "townships") (plural of Kirya) are a cluster of four small cities and one neigbourhood founded in the 1930s on the outskirts of the city of Haifa, Israel, in the Haifa Bay area.[1][2][3][4]

The Krayot include Kiryat Yam (pop. 36,700),[5] Kiryat Motzkin (pop. 39,800), Kiryat Bialik (pop. 36,200), Kiryat Ata (pop. 33,800) and Kiryat Haim (pop. 26,960).[6]

A plan was formulated in 2003, and again in 2016 by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, to merge the Krayot into one municipality.[7] A proposed name for this city is Zvulun.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Words and Stones : The Politics of Language and Identity in ... Daniel Lefkowitz Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Asian & Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures University of Virginia - 2004 Page 58 "Far below lies Checkpost, a shopping, entertainment, and transportation hub, and the gateway to the eastern suburbs called the Krayot." Most Neve Yosef residents have friends or relatives who live in the Krayot...."
  2. ^ Munio Gitai Weinraub: Bauhaus architect in Eretz Israel - Page 53 Richard Ingersoll - 1994 "(Jewish Agency Archives) Weinraub's most extensive involvement with the labor movement occurred in the workers' suburbs, or krayot, to the west of Haifa."
  3. ^ Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel? - Page 173 Jo-Ann Mort, Gary Brenner - 2003 "Most of the new tenants are coming from Nahariya, Akko, and the Krayot [suburbs of Haifa]."
  4. ^ Civilians under assault: Hezbollah's rocket attacks on Israel in ... - Page 73 2007 "HaKrayot, Hebrew for the towns, refers to the coastal suburbs between the city of Haifa to the southwest and Akko to the north. HaKrayot's population is about 300,000, exceeding that of Haifa. It includes both vast industrial zones as well as...."
  5. ^ Fadi Eyadat (21 February 2008). "Tough blue-collar town wants to become a prime tourist destination". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ World Zionist Organization. Executive - 1965 "Townships (Krayot): Tens of families and Yeshiva students have Joined the townships that have been established during the past several years, such as Kiryat Yismach Moshe, Kiryat Santz, Kiryat Mattesdorf and Kiryat Bobov."
  7. ^ Petersburg, Ofer (December 18, 2016). "התוכנית של דרעי: לאחד את הקריות לעיר אחת" [Deri's Plan: To Unify the Krayot into One City]. Yedioth Ahronoth (in Hebrew). Retrieved July 24, 2018.

Coordinates: 32°50′30″N 35°04′17″E / 32.8416666767°N 35.0713888989°E / 32.8416666767; 35.0713888989

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