Wadi Nisnas

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Street in Wadi Nisnas
Map of Wadi Nisnas

Wadi Nisnas (Arabic: وادي النسناس‎) is a formerly mixed Jewish and Arab neighborhood in the city of Haifa in northern Israel, which is becoming mixed again.[1] [2][3] Nisnas is the Arabic word for mongoose, an indigenous animal. The wadi has a population of about 8,000 inhabitants.[4]

Wadi Nisnas is the setting for the 1987 novel, Hatsotsrah ba-Vadi (Hebrew: "Trumpet in the Wadi") by Sami Michael. It centers on the love story between a young Israeli Arab woman and a new Jewish immigrant from Russia.


  • Sami Michael, Trumpet in the Wadi. New York:Simon & Schuster, 2003, translated by Yael Lotan. ISBN 978-0-7432-4496-1

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Coordinates: 32°48′58.67″N 34°59′46.65″E / 32.8162972°N 34.9962917°E / 32.8162972; 34.9962917