Akiva was born 1909 in Weiznitz Ukraine to his father Yoseph, lumber merchant and important Zionist, and mother Meika. After the Russian Revolution broke out, his family moved to Kishiniev. Akiva graduated from the town’s high school – one of only three Jews permitted studying there. From a young age he joined Beitar and occupied key positions.
He made Aliyah 1930 staying at first in Rosh-Pina with Beitar. Between 1932-33 he was a central figure in the Revisionist Movement and among the leaders of the Nationalist Workers’ struggle withn the General Workers Union (Histadrut), who were not issued Work Permits. He was among the founders of the National Workers Union and the National Healthcare Organisation serving years in their administrations. Following the Arlozorov assassination 1933, he rallied in defence of the accused. He joined ‘Brit-Habiryonim’ and was frequently arrested by the police, spending many months in custody at Akko Prison. A central figure in the Revisionist Movement, he served as Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s personal secretary in the Revisionist Zionist convention, Vienna 1935. He held several lecture tours, in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, to encourage Aliyah and increase Revisionist Movement support. In parallel he was an Etzel member. During the split, he joined Lehi and was close to Yair.
In 1946 he became Lehi’s Paris representative and managed a wide array of political connections, to assist Lehi in its war against the British; he was arrested and imprisoned. End 1947, he was transferred to Czechoslovakia. When the state was established he returned to Israel and played a central role in establishing the Fighters’ Party. After the assassination of Bernadotte, he was arrested and imprisoned in various prisons. He appealed to the Supreme Court to retract the denunciation of Lehi as a terrorist organisation. After his release he began working in the Tel-Aviv Municipality. He studied Law and was certified as a Lawyer. He was a member of the Jabotinsky Order. In 1936 he married Rachel Raskin, former Etzel commander.
Akiva passed away on May 14,1965 leaving behind wife Rachel, three sons and eight grandchildren.