Postcard from 'Ayn Karim, pre-1948
|Date of depopulation||10 and 21 April 1948, 16 July 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Influence of nearby town's fall|
|Secondary cause||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
|Current localities||Ein Karem|
The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine placed 'Ayn Karim in the Jerusalem enclave intended for international control. In April 1948, most of the women and children in the village were evacuated. It was attacked by Israeli forces during the ten-day truce of July 1948. The remaining civilian inhabitants fled on 10-11 July. The Arab irregular forces who had camped in the village left on 14-16 July after Jewish forces captured two dominating hilltops, Khirbet Beit Mazmil and Khirbet al Hamama, and shelled the village. During its last days, 'Ayn Karim suffered from severe food shortages. Israel incorporated the village into the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem as Ein Karem.
- List of Arab towns and villages depopulated during the 1948 Palestinian exodus
- List of villages depopulated during the Arab–Israeli conflict
- Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics Depopulated Jerusalem Localities of the year 1948 by Selected Variables
- Welcome To 'Ayn Karim, Palestine Remembered
- Morris, 2006, p. xviii, village #360. Also gives the cause for depopulation
- Morris, 2006, p. xx, settlement #107. 1949
- UN map of Jerusalem Corpus Separatum
- B. Morris, (2004) p 436, quoting: Entries for 10 and 11 July 1948, General Staff∖Operations Logbook, IDFA∖922∖75∖∖1176; and Mordechai Abir, ´The local Arab Factor in the War of Independence (Jerusalem Area) `18-19, IDFA 1046∖70∖185∖∖; and Yeruham, `Arab Information (from 14.7.48) ´, 15 July 1948 HA 105∖127aleph.
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- Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains, Washington D.C., Institute for Palestine Studies, ISBN 0-88728-224-5
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
- Petersen, Andrew (2002), A Gazetteer of Buildings in Muslim Palestine: Volume I (British Academy Monographs in Archaeology) p. 100-103