|Date of depopulation||May 13, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
Barqa (Arabic: برقة) was a Palestinian Arab village located 37 km north of Gaza near the modern-day Israeli city of Ashdod. It was referred to as Barka by the Greeks and Bareca by the Romans during their rule over the ancient Philistine city. In 1945, the village had a population of 890 and total land area of 5,206 dunums.
History, prior to 1948
It is likely that Barqa was built on the site of the Greek town of Barka, which the Romans called Baraca. The villagers were Muslim, and around the village mosque were a number of tombs that they referred to as the tombs of Shaykh Muhammad, Shaykh Zarruq, and the prophet (al-nabi) Barq.
1948, and after
Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Two houses remain standing on the site. One serves as a warehouse; it is made of concrete and has a covered portico on two sides. The other, a stone house with rectangular doors and windows and a flat roof, stands deserted in the midst of wild vegetation. The site is overgrown with weeds interspersed with cactuses and eucalyptus and palm trees. Israelis cultivate the land around the site"
- Morris, 2004, village #280, p xix Also gives cause of depopulation
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 82-83
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 83
- Barron, J. B., ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine.
- Ben-Ari, Chen (2012): Barqa, Gan Yavne, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, No. 124
- Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, H. H. (1882). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology 2. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. (p. 409: Quoted in Khalidi, p. 84) (p. 420: Guerin-translation )
- Dauphin, Claudine (1998). La Palestine byzantine, Peuplement et Populations, Vol. III : Catalogue. BAR International Series 726. Oxford: Archeopress. p. 862
- Guérin, Victor (1869). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine.. 1: Judee, pt. 2. pp. 68-70
- Hadawi, Sami (1970), Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine, Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center
- Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter; Abdulfattah, Kamal (1977). Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. ISBN 3-920405-41-2. p. 147
- Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, ISBN 0-88728-224-5
- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
- Palmer, E. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Arabic and English Name Lists Collected During the Survey by Lieutenants Conder and Kitchener, R. E. Transliterated and Explained by E.H. Palmer. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. p. 267
- Sion, Ofer, Yehudah Rapuano, Lihi Habas and Leah Di Segni (2010): Barqa, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, No. 122
- Torge, Hagit (2006): Barqa (North), Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, No. 118
- Torge, Hagit (2006): Barqa (East), Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, No. 118
- Volynsky, Felix (2010): Barqa (North), Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, No. 122
- Barqa, at Palestine Remembered
- SWP map 16, IAA
- SWP map 16, Wikimedia commons
- Barqa from the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center