Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta

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Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta
Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta
Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta
Arabic الغبية التحتا
Subdistrict Haifa
Coordinates 32°36′27″N 35°8′38″E / 32.60750°N 35.14389°E / 32.60750; 35.14389Coordinates: 32°36′27″N 35°8′38″E / 32.60750°N 35.14389°E / 32.60750; 35.14389
Palestine grid 163/223
Population 1130[1][2] (1945)
Date of depopulation 8–9 April 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Midrakh 'Oz[4]

Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta was a Palestinian Arab village in the Haifa Subdistrict, located 28 km southeast of Haifa. It was depopulated during the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 8, 1948 under the Battle of Mishmar HaEmek.

History[edit]

Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta in historical context

Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta shared an elementary school founded by the Ottomans in 1888 with the villages of al-Ghubayya-al-Fawqa and al-Naghnaghiyya. The school was closed during the British Mandate rule.

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1931 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, the two al-Ghubayya village were counted together. The total population was 200 Muslims, in 38 houses.[5]

In 1945 the population was counted with the neighbouring Al-Ghubayya al-Fawqa and al-Naghnaghiyya, and together they had a population of 1,130 Muslims,[1] with a total of 12,139 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[2] Of this, 209 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 10,883 for cereals,[6] while a total of 1,047 dunams were non-cultivable land.[7]

1948, aftermath[edit]

On the 8th and 9th of April, 1948, Haganah raided Al-Ghubayya al-Fawqa, al-Ghubayya-al-Tahta and Khirbet Beit Ras, and proceeded with blowing them up in the following days.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 13
  2. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 47
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xviii, village #151. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  4. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 161
  5. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 90
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 90
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 139
  8. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 242; note #598; Morris, 2004, p. 296

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