|Date of depopulation||May, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation|
Jahula (Arabic: جاحولا) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 War on May 1, 1948 by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 11 km northeast of Safad.
In 1945, the village had a population of 420. The village had one mosque and a shrine for a local sage known as al-Shaykh Salih.
The Jahula area had been occupied from the seventh through the third millennium B.C., according to archaeological excavations conducted in 1986.
Jahula was recorded in the Ottoman census of 1596 as belonging to the nahiya (subdistrict) of Jira under the liwa' (district) of Safad, and at the time it had a small population of 28 inhabitants. They paid taxes on crops such as wheat and barley, and reared goats, bees, and water buffalos.
The villagers of Jahula were predominantly Muslim and worshipped at a local mosque, situated approximately 1 km north of the village site. A shrine there was dedicated to Shaykh Salih, a local religious preacher. The houses in the village were made of masonry.
Most villagers were engaged in agriculture, and a spring located on the north side of the village supplied the people of Jahula with drinking water. In 1944/45, some 1,626 dunums out of a total of 3,869 dunums was allocated to grain farming. Some villagers were also employed in the stone quarries north of the village.
1948, and aftermath
Jahula was depopulated during the 1948 War on May 1, 1948 by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. Benny Morris writes that the cause of depopulation is unknown, while the American Historian Rosemarie Esber gives as depopuation cause: "Direct mortar attacks on civilians, siege, shooting at fleeing Arabs".
Of the village site the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi wrote in 1992: "The only remains of the destroyed village are a few stone terraces. The site is enclosed by barbed wire, and cactuses and trees grow on it. The village spring is still in use by Israelis. Parts of the village land are planted in cotton and watermelons, while other parts are wooded and hilly.
- Hadawi, 1970, p.70
- Morris, 2004, p.xvi, village #23. Morris gives date and cause of depopulation with a questionmark
- Khalidi, 1992, p.457
- Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter and Kamal Abdulfattah (1977), Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. p. 178. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 457
- Hadawi, 1970, p.119
- Esber, 2008, p.391, village #158
- Esber, Rosemarie M. (2008), Under the Cover of War, The Zionist Expulsions of the Palestinians. Arabicus Books & Media. ISBN 0-9815131-7-4, ISBN 978-0-9815131-7-1.
- 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
- Mokary, Abdalla (30/9/2009): Yiftah Final Report, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, No. 121.
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.