Sheikh 'Ali, the shrine just West of the village
|Name meaning||The little Dom tree|
|Date of depopulation||29 October 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
Al-Dawayima (Arabic: الدوايمة) was a Palestinian town, located in the former Hebron Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine, and in what is now the Lachish region, some 15 kilometres south-east of Kiryat Gat.
It has been occasionally identified with the Old Testament town of Bosqat, the home of Josiah's mother Jedidah (2 Kings, 22:1) though the association has not found widespread acceptance. According to a 1945 census, the town's population was 3,710, and the village lands comprised a total land area of 60,585 dunums of which nearly half was cultivable. The population figures for this town also included the populations of nearby khirbets, or ancient villages. During the 1948 Palestine war, the al-Dawayima massacre occurred in which an estimated 80 - 200 civilian men, women and children were killed.
Al-Dawayima's historical remains encompass a long period from the Bronze Age, through to the Persian and Hellenistic, down to the Ottoman period. Bulldozing what remains of the Palestinian village to prepare a new Israeli village has revealed an ancient olive press, a columbarium cave, a villa from the Second Temple era, and both mikvehs and cisterns.
In the late Ottoman era, in May, 1838, Edward Robinson visited during harvesting time. He noted that Al-Dawayima was situated on a hill, with a view of several villages to the east. During the harvest, several Christians from Beit Jala were employed here as labourers; the barley harvest was coming to an end, while the wheat harvest was just beginning.
In 1863 Victor Guérin visited twice, and he estimated that the village contained 900 inhabitants. In 1883, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described al-Dawayima as a village on a high stony ridge that had olive groves beneath it. On a higher ridge to the west stood a shrine that was topped by a white stone.
The people of al-Dawayima were Muslims. They maintained several religious shrines, chief among them the shrine of Shaykh ´Ali. This shrine had a large courtyard, a number of rooms, and one large hall for prayers, and was surrounded by fig and carob trees and cactuses. It attracted visitors from the neighboring villages. A mosque was located in the village center, it was maintained by the followers of al-tariqa al-khalwatiyya, a Sufi mystic order founded by Shaykh Umar al-Khalwati (d.1397)
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, AI Dawaima had a population of 2,441, all Muslims, increasing in the 1931 census to 2,688, still all Muslim, in a total of 559 houses.
By 1945, Al-Dawayima had a population of 3,710 Arabs, with a total land area of 60.585 dunums of land. By 1944/45, 21,191 dunums of village land were allotted to cereals, 1,206 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards, while 179 dunams were built-up (urban) areas.
1948 War and aftermath
Al-Dawaymima was captured by Israel's Eighty Ninth Battalion (commanded by Dov Chesis) of the 8th Armored Brigade led by the founder of the Palmach, Yitzhak Sadeh, after Operation Yoav on 29 October 1948, five days after the start of the truce. It was the site of the al-Dawayima massacre in which 80-200 civilians were killed including women and children.
"The site has been fenced in. A cowshed, a chicken coop, and granaries have been built at its center (which has been leveled). The southern side of the site contains stone terraces and the remnants of a house. The eastern side is occupied by the residential area of the moshav."
In 2013, the whole area, apart from some ancient Jewish remains, was bulldozed to pave the way for the erection of a new community, to be named Karmei Katif, which is planned to house evacuees of the Gaza Strip settlements. The new name is reminiscent of Gush Katif.
A woman's thob (loose fitting robe with sleeves) dated to about 1910 that was produced in Al-Dawayima is part of the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) collection at Santa Fe. The dress is of hand-woven blue indigo linen. The embroidery is in predominantly red silk cross-stitch, with touches of violet, orange, yellow, white, green and black. The upper half of the qabbeh (the square chest panel) is embroidered with alternating columns of diamonds, (a pattern known as el-ferraneh), and eight-pointed stars, (called qamr ("moons")). The lower half of the qabbeh is in the qelayed ("necklaces") pattern. The side-panels of the skirt are completely covered with embroidered columns. Among the patterns used here are: nakhleh ("palm") motif, ward-wil-aleq ("rose-and-leech") and khem-el-basha ("the pashas tent"). Each column is topped with various trees. There is no embroidery on the long, pointed sleeves.
The village is often featured in the works of Palestinian artist Abdul Hay Mosallam who was expelled from it in 1948.
By 2011, two books about the village history had been published. 
In popular culture
- In the 2008 film Salt of this Sea, Al-Dawayima is the village which Emad, the male protagonist, hails from. The village ruins serve as the temporary residence of the main characters, Emad and Soraya. The film is dedicated to the memory of the Al-Dawayima massacre.
- Al-Zaatreh ( الزعاترة ) * Al-Adarbeh ( العداربة ) * Al-Mallad ( الملاد )
- Al-Khodour ( الخضور ) * Al-Hijouj ( الحجوج ) * Basbous ( بصبوص )
- Hamdan ( حمدان ) * Abu-Matr ( أبو مطر) * Shahin ( شاهين )
- Abu-Rahma ( ابورحمة ) * Al-Atrash ( الأطرش ) * Abu-Sugair ( أبو صقير )
- Hudaib ( هديب ) * Ms'ed ( مسعد ) * Al-Ayaseh ( العيسه )
- Abd al- dean ( عبد الدين ) * Nashwan ( نشوان ) * Afaneh ( عفانه )
- Al-Najaar ( النجار ) * Harb ( حرب ) * Ganem ( غانم )
- El-Ghawanmeh ( الغوانمه ) * Al-Absi ( العبسي ) * Abu-Rayan ( أبو ريان )
- Abu-Haltam ( أبو حلتم ) * Sundoqa ( صندوقه ) * Al-Jamarah ( الجمرة )
- Abu-Galyoun ( أبو غليون ) * Al-Manasra (المناصرة) * Abu-Halemah( أبوحليمة )
- Abu-Me'alish ( أبومعيلش ) * Abu-Safyeh (أبو صفية) * Al-Turk ( الترك )
- Ead ( عيد ) * Zebin ( زبن ) * Abu-Galyeh ( أبوغالية )
- Al-Jawawdeh ( الجواودة ) * Abu-Kadra (أبو خضرة) * Al-Kateeb ( الخطيب )
- Hunaif ( حنيف ) * Sa'adeh ( سعادة ) * Abu-Farwa ( ابوفروه )
- Abu Subaih ( أبوصبيح ) * Al-Sabateen(السباتين) * Al-Qaisieh ( القيسيه )
- Al-Aqtash ( القطيشات ) * Asha ( عشا )
- List of Arab towns and villages depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War
- List of villages depopulated during the Arab-Israeli conflict
- Killings and Massacres During the 1948 Israel/Palestine War
- al-Dawayima massacre
- Palestinian costumes
- Palmer, 1881, p. 367
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 50
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- Hudayb, 1985, p. 54. Cited in Khalidi, 1992, p. 213
- Glassé, 1989, p. 221. Cited in Khalidi, 1992, p. 213
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- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 93
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 143
- Shapira, 2008, p. 248
- Morris, 2004, p. 469 and Morris, 2008, p. 333.
- Khalidi, 1992, p.215
- Stillman, 1979, pp. 56-57
- Davis, 2011, pp. 30 -31
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