Arab al-Safa

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Arab al-Safa
Arab al-Safa is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arab al-Safa
Arab al-Safa
Arabic عرب الصفا
Subdistrict Baysan
Coordinates 32°26′27.1″N 35°32′15.61″E / 32.440861°N 35.5376694°E / 32.440861; 35.5376694Coordinates: 32°26′27.1″N 35°32′15.61″E / 32.440861°N 35.5376694°E / 32.440861; 35.5376694
Population 754 (1948)
Area
Date of depopulation 20 May 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall

Arab al-Safa (Arabic: عرب الصفا‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the District of Baysan . It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It was located 7.5 km south of Baysan.

The village was destroyed on May 20, 1948 by the Israeli Golani Brigade under Operation Gideon.

Demographics[edit]

According to a land census report in 1944, land ownership in the village (in dunams) was as follows:

  • Arab 7,549
  • Jewish 2,523
  • Public 2,446
  • Total 12,518[2]

By 1944, a total of 7,449 dunums were used for cereals.[2][3] The Arab population were occupied mainly in cereal farming. The village had a population of 225 in 1922. This had grown to 754 by 1948 with 150 houses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xvii, village #132. Also gives cause of depopulation
  2. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p.43
  3. ^ Hadawi, 1979, p. 85

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