Al-Dirbashiyya

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Al-Dirbashiyya
Al-Dirbashiyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Dirbashiyya
Al-Dirbashiyya
Arabic الدرباشية
Also spelled Darbashiya, al[1]
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°05′20.02″N 35°38′49.36″E / 33.0888944°N 35.6470444°E / 33.0888944; 35.6470444Coordinates: 33°05′20.02″N 35°38′49.36″E / 33.0888944°N 35.6470444°E / 33.0888944; 35.6470444
Population 310 (1945)
Area
Date of depopulation May, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation

Al-Dirbashiyya (Arabic: الدرباشية ‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on May 10, 1948 by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 20 km northeast of Safad in the Hula Valley, bordering Hula Lake.

In 1945 it had a population of 310 people. The village contained a notable shrine for a local sage known as al-Samadi.

History[edit]

The village was located on the lower slopes of the Golan Heights near the border with Syria overlooking the Hula Valley. The lands to the west of the village were mainly marshland, although there were a few palm trees, and wooded areas to the south. The Palestine Index Gazetteer classified the village as a hamlet but during the British Mandate the British built a police station. A shrine named after a Muslim sage, named al-Samadi, was located between the village and Hula Lake. The inhabitants were engaged mainly in the cultivation of vege­tables and in 1944/45 a total of 2,763 dunums was irrigated or used for orchards.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #29. Gives date and cause of depopulation with an "?"
  2. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p.446-447

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