Al-Mansura, Acre

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Al-Mansura
Al-Mansura is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Mansura
Al-Mansura
Arabic منصورة
Subdistrict Acre
Coordinates 33°03′50″N 35°20′05″E / 33.06389°N 35.33472°E / 33.06389; 35.33472Coordinates: 33°03′50″N 35°20′05″E / 33.06389°N 35.33472°E / 33.06389; 35.33472
Population 2,300 (with nearby Fassuta and Dayr al-Qassi) (1945)
Area
Date of depopulation Early November 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Expulsion by Yishuv forces
Current localities Netu'a, Mattat, Abirim, Elkosh and Biranit

Al-Mansura (Arabic: منصورة‎) was a Palestinian village that was depopulated by the Israeli army during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. In 1945, it had a population of 2,300 together with the neighboring villages of Dayr al-Qassi (also depopulated) and Fassuta. The population was predominantly Christian and most its residents live in what is now the state of Israel.[2]

It was situated on the northern end of a mountain in the Upper Galilee whose summit was behind the village to the south. It was connected to the coastal Acre-Ras al-Naqoura highway via a secondary road.[2]

History[edit]

Until 1923, after borders were renegotiated between the British and French governments (who controlled the northern and southern parts of the Levant, respectively, at the time), al-Mansura was a part of Lebanon. Afterward it became part of the Mandatory Palestine and was described as a hamlet by the Palestine Index Gazetteer. In 1931 it had a population of 688 together with the Christian village of Fassuta. The houses of al-Mansura were spaciously separated from each other and the village had a church dedicated to Mari Yohanna (John the Baptist). The chief source of income was from agriculture and husbandry and the main sources of drinking water came from a well to the north and three water tanks. Its land was grouped with the lands of Fassuta and Dayr al-Qassi and amounted to a total of 34,013 dunams in 1945. About a fourth of the lands were cultivable and part of the cultivable area was planted with olives, other orchards and grains.[2]

1948 war and aftermath[edit]

Al-Mansura was believed to have been attacked during the Israeli offensive Operation Hiram in October 1948. In mid-November, the Israeli Army had Palestinian Arab villages on the Lebanese border cleared, including al-Mansura. Its residents were expelled from the village, with some leaving for Lebanon while most were sent to the Arab town of Rameh in the heart of the Galilee. The Maronite Church requested that the Israeli government allow al-Mansura's inhabitants to resettle the village but were refused. The residents of al-Mansura continued to demand permission from the Israeli courts to resettle for some time after, but were unsuccessful.[2]

Several Jewish localities have been built on al-Mansura's lands, including Elkosh established in 1949, the military base Biranit in the early 1950s, Netu'a in 1966, Mattat in 1979 and Abirim in 1980. According to Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi who visited the village before 1992, "The village houses have been completely leveled. Much of the resulting debris has been pushed together in heaps along the northern edge of the site." The only structure remaining was the partially collapsed church.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #65. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  2. ^ a b c d e Khalidi, 1992, p. 24.

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