Kharruba

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Kharruba
Haruva 1.JPG
Kharruba, 2008
Kharruba is located in Mandatory Palestine
Kharruba
Kharruba
Arabic
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°54′44″N 34°57′38″E / 31.91222°N 34.96056°E / 31.91222; 34.96056Coordinates: 31°54′44″N 34°57′38″E / 31.91222°N 34.96056°E / 31.91222; 34.96056
Population 170 (1945)
Area
Date of depopulation July 12-15, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces

Kharruba was a Palestinian Arab village in the Ramle Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine, near Modi'in. It was located 8 km east of Ramla. It was depopulated on July 12, 1948 during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

History[edit]

Kharruba was a key Jewish settlement during the Second Temple period.[2]

In the 1860s, Victor Guérin described Kharruba as a hamlet of a few huts. He noticed the remains of a medieval fort and suggested it might be the Crusader castle Arnaldi.[3] The following decade, the Survey of Western Palestine found only ruins.[4]

At the time of the 1931 census, Kharruba had 21 occupied houses and a population of 119 Muslims.[5] In 1945, the village had a population of 170.[6]

It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on July 12, 1948 by the Yiftach Brigade which reported that it had blown up the houses and "cleared the village".[7]

In 1993, the site consisted of stony rubble overgrown with vegetation.[8]

Archaeology[edit]

A site called Haruba is mentioned in the Copper Scroll, the only one of the Dead Sea Scrolls engraved on copper rather than written on parchment. The document is said to provide clues to the whereabouts of the legendary treasures of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The scroll states: "In the ruin (Hurba) that is in the valley of Achor, under/the steps, with the entrance at the East,/a distance of 40 cubits: a strongbox of silver and its vessels / with a weight of 17 talents." In consequence, many treasure hunters have flocked to Kharruba over the years, even though modern scholars do not believe it to be the site mentioned in the scroll.[9]

In 2012, five suspected antiquities robbers were caught at Kharruba, after damaging a mikveh (ritual bath) dating to the Second Temple period and trenches used as hiding places during the Bar Kokhba revolt.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xix village #242. Also gives cause of depopulation
  2. ^ No gold in them hills, Haaretz
  3. ^ M. V. Guérin (1868). Description géographique, historique et archéologique de la Palestine. Judée I. Paris. p. 317–318.  However, the modern identification of Arnaldi is Yalo.(Denys Pringle (1991). "Survey of Castles in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1989: Preliminary Report". Levant. XXIII: 87–91. doi:10.1179/lev.1991.23.1.87. )
  4. ^ C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener (1883). The Survey of Western Palestine III. London: The Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. p. 104. 
  5. ^ E. Mills, ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine. p. 21. 
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p170. [1]
  7. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 435
  8. ^ Khalidi (1993), p. 388
  9. ^ a b No gold in them hills, Haaretz

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