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Al-Burayj is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arabic البريج'
Name meaning The little tower[1]
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Coordinates 31°44′20″N 34°55′44″E / 31.73889°N 34.92889°E / 31.73889; 34.92889Coordinates: 31°44′20″N 34°55′44″E / 31.73889°N 34.92889°E / 31.73889; 34.92889
Palestine grid 143/127
Population 720[2][3] (1945)
Date of depopulation Not known[4]

Al-Burayj was a Palestinian Arab village in the Jerusalem Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on October 19, 1948 during the first phase of Operation Ha-Har. The village was located 28.5 km west of Jerusalem.


In 1945, the village had a population of 720; 10 Christians and 710 Muslims.[2][3] al-Burayj had a mosque named al-'Umari mosque and a Greek Orthodox Monastery to the west. The village has several khirbas including cisterns, columns, mosaic floors, and caves etc.

A military base called Kanaf Staim is now located on the former grounds.


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 267
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 24
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 56
  4. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xx, village #272. Gives both cause and date of depopulation as "Not known"


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