Raml Zayta

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This article is about the Palestinian village in the Tulkarm Subdistrict depopulated in 1948. For other places, see Zeita.
Raml Zayta
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Raml Zayta is located in Mandatory Palestine
Raml Zayta
Raml Zayta
Arabic رمل زيتة
Also spelled Raml Zeita (Khirbat Qazaza)
Subdistrict Tulkarm
Coordinates 32°26′6″N 34°56′12″E / 32.43500°N 34.93667°E / 32.43500; 34.93667Coordinates: 32°26′6″N 34°56′12″E / 32.43500°N 34.93667°E / 32.43500; 34.93667
Population 140 (1945)
Area
Date of depopulation 15 March 1948
Cause(s) of depopulation
Current localities Sde Yitzhak,[1] Chadera[1]

Raml Zayta (Arabic: رمل زيتة‎, Raml Zeitâ), also Khirbet Qazaza, was a Palestinian Arab village located 15 km northwest of Tulkarm.[2] In 1945, the village had a population of 140.[3] According to Rosemarie Esber, the village was depopulated on 15 March 1948 during the 1948 Palestine war.[4] Benny Morris lists it as one of the villages for which the causes and date of depopulation are unknown.[5]

Esber, in an interview with a refugee from Raml Zaita, Zakiya Abu Hammad, writes that according to his memories, Yishuv forces had besieged the village for about two weeks, causing a lack of food: "[The Jews] started going into people's homes and forcing them out. They told us, "You either leave or we'll kill you." Some people were killed on the roads, as they abandoned their homes... They followed us. Those who were lucky, escaped with their lives, others did not." The villages were then forced out of their town and the surrounding villagers.[6]

According to Walid Khalidi writing in 1992, an Arab family is still living in the village in one of the original houses.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, p. 561
  2. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 560
  3. ^ Hadawi, 1970, p. 76.
  4. ^ Esber, 2008, p. 297
  5. ^ Morris, p. xvi, village #183
  6. ^ Esber, 2008, p.297

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