|Date of depopulation||15-18 July 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
|Current localities||Atzmon, Ya'ad|
Mi'ar contained the archaeological remains of buildings, fragments of columns, olive presses, and cisterns.
Incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517 with all of Palestine, Mi'ar appeared in the 1596 tax registers as being in the nahiya (subdistrict) of Akka under the Liwa of Safad, with a population of 55. It paid taxes on wheat and barley, fruit, as well as on goats and beehives.
In 1875, Victor Guérin visited Mi'ar, and "remarked here several trunks of columns, three broken capitals, and a certain number ol cut stones, coming from some ancient building. I observed also many blocks of ancient appearance disposed round threshing-floors. There are also cisterns, walls, and caves cut in the rock, which belong to times more or less remote." He found Mi'ar to be inhabited by 500, all Muslims.
In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it as a large village situated on high ground that was rough and uncultivated. The villagers, whose number was estimated to be 1500 (in 1859), cultivated some 30 faddans. An elementary school was founded by the Ottomans in 1888, however, it closed its doors in the final years of the Empire.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Me'ar had a population of 429, all Muslims, increasing in the 1931 census to 543, still all Muslims, in a total of 109 houses.
1948 War and aftermath
On 20 June 1948 Israeli soldiers entered the village of Mi'ar and shot indiscriminately against the villagers while they were working in their fields. According to Ilan Pappé, the houses were destroyed. 40 villagers were killed. One witness was the writer Muhammad Ali Taha, then a 17 year old boy. The villagers later returned to Mi'ar and continued living there until the Israeli troops re-occupied it in mid-July 1948 and expelled them for good.
The Jewish localities of Segev (now Atzmon) and Ya'ad lie upon the former village's lands. According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village in 1992 was: "Some truncated stone walls, simple graves, and fig and olive trees remain on the site, which is covered by cypress trees. The area has been turned into recreational and picnic grounds."
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 40
- Khalidi, 1992, p.26.
- Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 193, as given in Khalidi, 1992, p. 26
- Note that Rhode, 1979, p. 6 writes that the register that Hütteroth and Abdulfattah studied was not from 1595/6, but from 1548/9
- Guérin, 1880, p. 434, as given in Conder and Kitchener, SWP I, p. 325
- Guérin, 1880, p. 434, as given in Conder and Kitchener, SWP I, p. 271
- Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 271. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 26
- Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Acre, p. 37
- Mills, 1932, p. 102
- Hughes, M. (2009) The banality of brutality: British armed forces and the repression of the Arab Revolt in Palestine, 1936–39, English Historical Review Vol. CXXIV No. 507, 314–354.
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 81
- Pappé, 2006, p. 150
- Morris, Benny, (second edition 2004 third printing 2006) The Birth Of The Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-00967-7 p 421
- "Welcome to Mi'ar". Palestine Remembered. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
- Barron, J. B., ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine.
- Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, H. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology 1. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
- Guérin, Victor (1880). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 3: Galilee, pt. 1. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.
- Hadawi, Sami (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter; Abdulfattah, Kamal (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. ISBN 3-920405-41-2.
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- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas (PDF). Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
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- Welcome to Mi'ar
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 5: IAA, Wikimedia commons
- Miar, at Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
- Mi3ar photos from Dr. Moslih Kanaaneh
- All About... Mi'ar, from Zochrot
- Visit to Mi’ar 12/4 2002, by Norma Musih, Zochrot
- Opposition to building plan in Mi’ar, Zochrot