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Idnibba is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arabic إدنبّة
Also spelled Dhenebbeh
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°44′31.56″N 34°51′21.38″E / 31.7421000°N 34.8559389°E / 31.7421000; 34.8559389Coordinates: 31°44′31.56″N 34°51′21.38″E / 31.7421000°N 34.8559389°E / 31.7421000; 34.8559389
Palestine grid 136/127
Population 490[1] (1945)
Area 8,103[1] dunams
Date of depopulation June 1, 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Kfar Menahem

Idnibba (Arabic: إدنبّة‎) was a Palestinian village, located at latitude 31.7426937N and longitude 34.8561001,E in the southern part of the Ramle Subdistrict. It was depopulated in 1948, at which time its population was 568, and its lands are now used by Kfar Menahem.


Idnibba may have been built on the site of the Roman settlement of Danuba. The Crusaders also called it Danuba.[3]

In 1596, Idnibba was part of the Ottoman Empire, nahiya (subdistrict) of Gaza under the liwa' (district) of Gaza with a population of 198. It paid taxes on a number of crops, including wheat, barley and sesame seeds, as well as goats and beehives.[4]

In the late nineteenth century, Idnibba was described as a village built of stone and mud and situated on high ground. It was surrounded by cactus hedges and had a fig tree orchard to the south.[5]

Most villagers worked in agriculture and animal husbandry. In 1944/45, a total of 5,277 dunums of village land was used for cereals. 85 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards, of which 64 dunums was for olives.[3][6]

1948 and aftermath[edit]

On 16 July 1948, during Operation An-Far, Givati HQ informed General Staff\Operations that "our forces have entered the villages of Qazaza, Kheima, Jilya, Idnibba, Mughallis, expelled the inhabitants, [and] blown up and torched a number of houses. The area is at the moment clear of Arabs."[7]

There are no Israeli settlements on village lands. The settlement of Kefar Menachem, built in 1937, is about 2 km southwest of the village site.[3]

Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi described the remains of Idnibba in 1992: "The site and the surrounding lands have been converted into pastures and woods. A large area has been leveled by bulldozers. Demolished walls and the remnants of stone houses lie at various points on the site. There are natural caves with artificial, arched entrances on the upper, western edge of the site."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hadawi, 1970, p.66
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p. XIX, village #270 "Idhnibba". Also gives cause of depopulation.
  3. ^ a b c d Khalidi, 1992, p. 382
  4. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 150. Cited in Khalidi, 1992, p. 382
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, p. 409. Cited in Khalidi, 1992, p. 382
  6. ^ Hadawi, 1970, p.115
  7. ^ Givati HQ to General Staff\Operations, 20:50 hours, 16 July 1948, IDFA 922\75\\1176. See also Givati Brigade, "Combat Page", 16 July 1948, IDFA 6127\49\\118. Cited in Morris, 2004, p. 437


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