|Date of depopulation||July 18, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
|Current localities||Givat Shemesh|
In the late nineteenth century, Dayr Rafat was described as a small hamlet situated on a ridge with a spring to the west. 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.
- Morris, 2004, p.xx, village #333. Also gives cause of depopulation.
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 287
- Conder and Kitchener: SWP III, 1881, p.13, Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 287
- Conder, Claude Reignier and H.H. Kitchener (1881): The Survey of Western Palestine: memoirs of the topography, orography, hydrography, and archaeology. London:Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. vol 3
- Hadawi, Sami (1970), Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine, Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center
- Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948, 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.
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