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- n. A type of refugee camp in Israel during the early 1950s, used mostly by new immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East.
From Hebrew מעבר. (Wiktionary)
My mother-in-law laughingly remembers the barbaric conditions of the "ma'abara," refugee camps in the 1950s, providing tents or tin huts with no electricity or water as temporary accommodation.