Arab al-Fuqara

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Arab al-Fuqara
Arab al-Fuqara is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arab al-Fuqara
Arab al-Fuqara
Arabic
Subdistrict Haifa
Coordinates 32°27′07.70″N 34°54′21.05″E / 32.4521389°N 34.9058472°E / 32.4521389; 34.9058472Coordinates: 32°27′07.70″N 34°54′21.05″E / 32.4521389°N 34.9058472°E / 32.4521389; 34.9058472
Population 310[1] (1945)
Area 15[2] dunams
Date of depopulation April 10, 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Expulsion by Yishuv forces
Current localities Hadera

Arab al-Fuqara was a Palestinian Arab village in the Haifa Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 10, 1948.[3] At that time, the land records of the village consisted of a total area of 2,714 Dunums, of which 2,513 were owned by Jews, and just 15 owned by Arabs, with the remainder being public lands (186 dunams).

Location[edit]

The village was located 42 km southwest of Haifa, south of Wadi al-Mafjar and northwest of Hadera, in a flat, sandy area.[4]

History[edit]

The Arab villagers were descendants of a section of the al-Balawina Bedouin tribe, whose primary territory was near Beersheba.[4] The area was generally swampy and malarial, and this limited population growth until the mid-1920s.

The gradual and legal expansion of the Jewish town Hadera reduced the free public land available to the Arab villagers, until only a thin strip of land between Hadera and Wadi al-Mafjar was retained (15 dunams).[4]

The village population in 1945 was 310.[1]

1948[edit]

On 6 April 1948, the Haganah implemented a new policy for the coastal plains, namely of clearing the whole area of its Arab inhabitants.[5] On 10 April, the villagers of Arab al-Fuqara, together with the villagers of Arab al-Nufay'at and Arab Zahrat al-Dumayri, were ordered to leave the area.[6]

The village today[edit]

The ground is now part of the northwestern area of Hadera.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hadawi, 1970, p.47
  2. ^ Hadawi (1970), total area of 2,714 dunams was divided as Arab owned 15 dunams, Jewish owned 2513 dunams, public 186 dunams
  3. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xviii, village #180. Also gives cause of depopulation
  4. ^ a b c d Khalidi, 1992, p.144
  5. ^ Morris, 2004, p.245, note 628
  6. ^ Morris, 2004, p.245, note 631

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