Jarash, Jerusalem

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Jarash
Jarash is located in Mandatory Palestine
Jarash
Jarash
Arabic جرش
Name meaning Jerash; personal name[1]
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Coordinates 31°43′47.29″N 35°00′57.66″E / 31.7298028°N 35.0160167°E / 31.7298028; 35.0160167Coordinates: 31°43′47.29″N 35°00′57.66″E / 31.7298028°N 35.0160167°E / 31.7298028; 35.0160167
Population 220 (1948[2])
Area 3,518[3] dunams
Date of depopulation 21,October, 1948[4]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces

Jarash (Arabic: جرش‎) was a Palestinian village that was depopulated over the course of 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Located 25 kilometers west of Jerusalem, Jarash was a wholly Arab village of 220 inhabitants in 1948.

History[edit]

To the east of the village lay Khirbat Sira, which is identified with a Mamluk/Ottoman village.[5]

In the late nineteenth century, Jarash was described as a village built on the spur of a hill with olive trees growing below it.[6]

There are no Israeli settlements on the site of the former town, though it is located within present-day Israel.

Walid Khalidi writes of Jarash:

"The site is overgrown with grass, interspersed with the debris of destroyed houses and stones from the terraces. The ruins of a cemetery lie northwest of the site. Groves of trees cover two hills to the west of the site that are separated by a valley. Carob, fig, almond, and olive trees grow on these hills

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 296
  2. ^ Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  3. ^ Hadawi, 1970, p.57
  4. ^ Morris, 2006, p. xviii, village #341. Also gives the cause for depopulation
  5. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 154. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 297
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1883, III:25. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p.296

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