Al-Imara

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al-Imara
Arabic العمارة
Name meaning "the Building"
Subdistrict Beersheba
Palestine grid 104/080
Date of depopulation October 1948
Cause(s) of depopulation Expulsion by Yishuv forces
Current localities Urim, Ofakim

al-Imara (Arabic: العمارة‎) was a Palestinian village, located in the northern Naqab Desert 27 kilometers (17 mi) northwest of Beersheba.

History[edit]

In the British mandate period the village was classified as a hamlet by the Palestine Index Gazetteer.[1]

1948 War and aftermath[edit]

During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the village was captured by the Yiftach Brigade in early October, meeting with no resistance. The Ofakim development town[2] and the Jewish kibbutz of Urim are built on the lands of the former village, with the latter being approximately 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) south of the original village site.[3]

The Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, described the village remains in 1992: "The village site has been completely built over by the kibbutz of Urim. Although the kibbutz was established in 1946 near the village of Al-Imara, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, it was moved to the site of the former British police station. About 2 km southeast of the current kibbutz there are remains of several stone structures. These were the houses that belonged to Bedouin families before 1948 and were not considered part of al-Imara.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Khalidi (1992), p.72
  2. ^ Davis, Uri (2008), In Search of the Abu Sitta Sword, p. 12 
  3. ^ a b Khalidi (1992), p.73

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