Al-Wayziyya

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Al-Wayziyya
Al-Wayziyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Wayziyya
Al-Wayziyya
Arabic الويزية
Also spelled Weiziya[1]
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°0′3.99″N 35°34′36.56″E / 33.0011083°N 35.5768222°E / 33.0011083; 35.5768222Coordinates: 33°0′3.99″N 35°34′36.56″E / 33.0011083°N 35.5768222°E / 33.0011083; 35.5768222
Population 100 (1945)
Area
Date of depopulation May 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation

Al-Wayziyya (Arabic: الويزية‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on May 1, 1948 by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 8.5 km northeast of Safad.

In 1945, the village had a population of 100. A shrine for a local sage known as al-Shaykh al-Wayzi was located in the village.

History[edit]

Al-Wayziyya was situated in a volcanic area that sloped towards the al-Hula Plain to the north. The majority of the villagers were Bedouin and were involved in agriculture, primarily animal husbandry.[2] A road linked the village to a highway leading to Safad and Tiberias. A shrine for a Shaykh al-Wayzi was located about 0.5 km from the site as was a stone quarry.[2]

During the 1948 war, nearby Mughr al-Khayt was struck by mortars on 2 May, while villages to the north were evacuated earlier because of the threat of the oncoming war.[2]

Today there are no Israeli settlements on village lands and the shrine of Shaykh al-Wayzi is the only remaining land­mark.[2] Only rubble and grasses and trees remain, although the Zionists established the settlement of Mahanayim in 1939, which is located about 1.5 km southeast of where Al-Wayziyya was located.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #49. Gives cause of depopulation as "?"
  2. ^ a b c d e Khalidi, 1992, p.503

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