Al-'Abisiyya

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Al-'Abisiyya
Al-'Abisiyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-'Abisiyya
Al-'Abisiyya
Arabic العابسية
Name meaning From personal name[1]
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°11′55.39″N 35°37′58.75″E / 33.1987194°N 35.6329861°E / 33.1987194; 35.6329861Coordinates: 33°11′55.39″N 35°37′58.75″E / 33.1987194°N 35.6329861°E / 33.1987194; 35.6329861
Palestine grid 209/289
Population 1220[2] (1945)
Date of depopulation May 25, 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Kfar Szold

Al-'Abisiyya was a Palestinian Arab village in the District of Safad. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on May 29, 1948 by The Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 28.5 km northeast of Safad near to the Banyas River which the village relied on for irrigation.

History[edit]

The village contained the khirbas of Tall al-Sakhina, Tall al-Shari'a, and al-Shaykh Ghannam.

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described the village as "a collection of mud hovels in the plain of the Huleh, on the Nahr Banias containing seventy Moslems. They till the land, which is arable round the village, there is a large supply of water and some trees near the village."[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1931 census of Palestine, during the British Mandate for Palestine, the village had a population of 609, all Muslims, in a total of 31 houses.[5]

In 1945 the population was 1,220,[2] with a total of 15,429 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[6] Arabs used 4 dunums of land for citrus and bananas, 6,390 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 2,830 for cereals; [7] while 17 dunams was built-up (urban) area.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 13
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 9
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #13. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p.86
  5. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 105
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 69.
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 118
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 168

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