Fajja

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Fajja
Fajja is located in Mandatory Palestine
Fajja
Fajja
Arabic فجّة
Name meaning from personal name[1]
Subdistrict Jaffa
Coordinates 32°05′18.04″N 34°54′15.98″E / 32.0883444°N 34.9044389°E / 32.0883444; 34.9044389Coordinates: 32°05′18.04″N 34°54′15.98″E / 32.0883444°N 34.9044389°E / 32.0883444; 34.9044389
Palestine grid 141/165
Population 1,570 (1945)
Area 4,419 dunams
4.4 km²
Date of depopulation May 15, 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Whispering campaign
Current localities Petah Tikva[3]

Fajja (Arabic: فجّة‎) was a Palestinian Arab town located 15 kilometers northeast of Jaffa.

History[edit]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Fajja as a small village built of adobe bricks.[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Fajjeh had a population of 164, all Muslims,[5] increasing sharply in the 1931 census, to 707, still all Muslims, in a total of 165 houses.[6]

The town had one elementary school, founded in 1922. By 1945 it had 781 students, including 10 females.[3]

In 1945, the town had 1,570 inhabitants, including 370 Jews, and a total land area of 4,419 dunams.[7] Of this, a total of 768 dunums was used for citrus and bananas, 61 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards, 3,863 used for cereals,[8] while 7 dunams were classified as built-up areas.[9]

1948, aftermath[edit]

It was conquered by the Haganah and Irgun on May 15, 1948 without any resistance. Most of the Arab inhabitants fled the town prior to its capture by Israeli forces due to alleged attacks by the Irgun on February 17. In June 1948, the town was demolished based on the recommendation of Yosef Weitz of the Jewish National Fund.[10] Most of the town's land is currently a part of the jurisdiction of the city of Petah Tikva.

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 214
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xviii, village #203. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  3. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p. 240
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP II, p.251. Cited in Khalidi, 1992, p. 240.
  5. ^ Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Jaffa, p. 20
  6. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 13
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 52
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 95
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 145
  10. ^ District of Jaffa: Fajja Town Statistics and Facts.Information extracted from Bibliography and References Benny Morris and Walid Khalidi.

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