List of villages depopulated during the Arab–Israeli conflict
Below is a list of villages depopulated or destroyed during the Arab-Israeli conflict. Both Jewish and Palestinian villages were depopulated, but the majority are Arab villages whose inhabitants left or were expelled during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
- 1 1880-1946
- 2 1948 Arab-Israeli War
- 3 Six-Day War
- 4 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty
- 5 Israel's unilateral disengagement plan
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
A number of these villages, those in the Jezreel Valley, were inhabited by tenants of land which was sold by a variety of absentee landlord families, such as the Karkabi, Tueini, Farah and Khuri families and Sursock family of Lebanon. The sale of land to Jewish organizations often resulted in the eviction of Arabs.
List of Palestinian villages uprooted before 1948 with the time of expulsion (and the name of Jewish settlements on village land)
1948 Arab-Israeli War
Palestinian Arab residents were expelled from hundreds of towns and villages by the Israel Defense Forces, or fled in fear as the Israeli army advanced. Nearly 500 towns and villages were depopulated.
- In areas that became the State of Israel
- In the West Bank and Gaza
- Israel-Syria border
- Israel-Jordan border
Three Arab villages, Bayt Nuba, Imwas and Yalo, located in the Latrun Corridor were destroyed on the orders of Yitzhak Rabin due to the corridor's strategic location and route to Jerusalem and because of the residents' alleged aiding of Egyptian commandos in their attack on the city of Lod. The residents of the three villages were offered compensation but were not allowed to return.
In the Negev/Sinai Desert
- Auja al-Hafir - A demilitarized zone
Over 100,000 Golan Heights residents were evacuated from about 25 villages whether on orders of the Syrian government or through fear of an attack by the Israeli Defense Forces and expulsion after the ceasefire. During the following months more than a hundred Syrian villages were destroyed by Israel.
1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty
Israeli settlements in Sinai were evacuated as a result of the 1979 treaty.
Israel's unilateral disengagement plan
As a part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, 21 civilian Israeli settlements were forcibly evacuated, as well as an area in the northern West Bank containing four Israeli villages. The residential buildings were razed by Israel but public structures were left intact. The religious structures not removed by Israel were later destroyed by Palestinians.
|In the Gaza Strip (all 21 settlements, as well as Bedouin village):|
|In the West Bank (4 settlements):|
- Kenneth W. Stein, The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939, UNC Press Books, 1987 p.60. The Sursocks sold Jinujar, Tall al-Adas, Jabata, Khuneifis, Jeida, Harbaj, Harithiya, Affula, Shuna, Jidru, Majdal.
- Barbara Jean Smith, The roots of separatism in Palestine: British economic policy, 1920-1929, Syracuse University Press, 1993 pp.96-7;
- Mark A. Tessler, A History of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Indiana University Press, 1994 p.177, writes 'The Sursock deal is known to have involved the eviction of about 8000 tenants "compensated" at three pounds ten shillings [about $17] a head.'
- Sahar Huneidi, A broken trust: Herbert Samuel, Zionism and the Palestinians 1920-1925, I.B.Tauris, 2001 p.223.
- Palestine Commission on the Disturbances of August 1929,H.M.S.O., 1930, vol.1 p.437:'The Sursock titles should have been looked into as was acknowledged by the government officials themselves.The transfer became an irregular one, if not an illegal one, because the peasants' claims were not satisfied.'
- Henry Laurens, La Question de Palestine, vol.2 (Une mission sacrée de civilisation), Fayard, Paris, 2002 pp.143-148.
- "(List ov villages destroyed before 1948)רשימת הכפרים שנהרסו לפני 1948". Retrieved Dec 4, 2012.
- History of the Etzion Bloc: The Siege and Fall Page 8 of 11
- Oren, 2002, pp. 307.
- UN Doc A/8389
- UN Doc A/8089 5 October 1970
- "The Fate of Abandoned Arab Villages, 1965-1969" by Aron Shai (History & Memory - Volume 18, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2006, pp. 86-106)