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Islin is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arabic عسلين
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Coordinates 31°47′04.95″N 35°00′22.69″E / 31.7847083°N 35.0063028°E / 31.7847083; 35.0063028Coordinates: 31°47′04.95″N 35°00′22.69″E / 31.7847083°N 35.0063028°E / 31.7847083; 35.0063028
Population 302 (1948[1])
Date of depopulation 18 July, 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Eshta'ol[3]

Islin (Arabic: عسلين‎ was a Palestinian Arab village located 21 kilometers west of Jerusalem. The village had a population of 302 inhabitants and was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.[4][5] It was occupied by Israeli forces, possibly from the Fourth Battalion of the Harel Brigade, on 18 July 1948 during Operation Dani, causing its inhabitants to leave.[5] Eshtaol, a moshav, was built on the village's land.


In 1596, Islin appeared as Islit in Ottoman tax registers as being in the Nahiya of Ramla of the Liwa of Jaffa. It had a population of 14 Muslim households and paid taxes on wheat, barley, and goats or beehives.[6]

In the lated 1870s the place was uninhabited, with ruins still visible.[7] It was probably re-established at the beginning of the century.[5]

Of the site today, Walid Khalidi writes:

"Partially destroyed walls and stone terraces can be seen throughout the site. A thick forest, bushes, and grass grow over and around the stone rubble. Many carob trees and some olive trees grow on the northern edge of the site, and eucalyptus and fir trees grow in the south. The site also houses a bus repair yard belonging to the Israeli public transportation cooperative, Egged."[5]

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  1. ^ Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  2. ^ Morris, 2006, p. xviii, village #330. Also gives the cause for depopulation
  3. ^ Morris, 2006, p. xix, settlement #78. 1949
  4. ^ Jerusalem District Stats from Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine (1970) Hadawi, Sami. The Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center
  5. ^ a b c d Khalidi, 1992, p. 295
  6. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 152
  7. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1883, III:83. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p.295


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