Dayr Rafat

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This article is about the Palestinian village. For the monastery located 2 km west of the site, see Deir Rafat.
Dayr Rafat
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Population 430 (1945)
Date of depopulation July 18, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Givat Shemesh[2]

Dayr Rafat was a Palestinian Arab village in the Jerusalem Subdistrict. It was located 26 km west of Jerusalem. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War by the Har'el Brigade.


In the late nineteenth century, Dayr Rafat was described as a small hamlet situated on a ridge with a spring to the west.[3] In a 1931 British census, there were 218 Arabs living in Dayr Rafat, rising to 430 in Sami Hadawi's 1945 land and population survey. The village had a mosque named for al-Hajj Hasan and three khirbas. Most of the inhabitants fled after the capture of the village by the Har'el Brigade in Operation Dani.


  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xx, village #333. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  2. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 287
  3. ^ Conder and Kitchener: SWP III, 1881, p.13, Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 287


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