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Remains of Sataf village
Sataf is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arabic صطاف
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Coordinates 31°46′8.76″N 35°7′38.28″E / 31.7691000°N 35.1273000°E / 31.7691000; 35.1273000Coordinates: 31°46′8.76″N 35°7′38.28″E / 31.7691000°N 35.1273000°E / 31.7691000; 35.1273000
Palestine grid 162/130
Population 540 (1945)
Area 3,775 dunams
Date of depopulation July 13–14, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces

Sataf (Arabic: صطاف, Hebrew: סטף) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Jerusalem Subdistrict depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. It is located 10 km west of Jerusalem, with Sorek riverbed ("Wadi al-Sarar") bordering the east.

Two springs, "Ein Sataf" and "Ein Bikura" flow from the site into the riverbed, below.


Remains and agricultural traces of a 4,000 BCE Chalcolithic village were discovered at the site. Remains were also found from the Byzantine era.[2]

In 1945, the village had a total population of 540. A monastery is located south of Wadi al-Sarar called Habis Monastery, also known as "St. John in the Desert".

On July 13, 1948 the Arab village was depopulated by the Har'el Brigade, during "Operation Dani".

A short time after the 1948 War, a small group of Jewish immigrants from North Africa settled for a few months in the village area. In the 1980s the Jewish National Fund began the restoration of ancient agricultural terraces, and the area around the springs has been turned into an Israeli tourist site. A forest around the site was also planted by the Jewish National Fund.[3]


  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xx, village #354. Also gives cause of depopulation
  2. ^ Ancient Agriculture: Sataf - A Reconstruction
  3. ^ Sataf from the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center


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