Al-Haditha, Ramle

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This article is about the former Palestinian village in Ramle Sub-district. For other uses, see Haditha (disambiguation).
Al-Haditha is located in Mandatory Palestine
Name meaning "new"[1]
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°57′47.95″N 34°57′06.35″E / 31.9633194°N 34.9517639°E / 31.9633194; 34.9517639Coordinates: 31°57′47.95″N 34°57′06.35″E / 31.9633194°N 34.9517639°E / 31.9633194; 34.9517639
Palestine grid 145/152
Population 760[2] (1945)
Date of depopulation July 12, 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces

Al-Haditha was a Palestinian Arab village in the Ramle Subdistrict. It was located 8 km northeast of Ramla, on the bank of Wadi al-Natuf. The site, now known as Tel Hadid, has yielded significant archaeological remains from many periods.


It has been suggested that Al-Haditha was the site of the biblical village of Hadid, mentioned in the Book of Ezra (II, 33) and later in the Mishna as a city of Judea fortified by Joshua.[4] Hadid was called 'Adida in the Book of Maccabees, while Eusebius referred to it as Adatha or Aditha.[4]

In 1945, the village had a population of 760.[2] It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on July 12, 1948 under the first stage of Operation Dani.


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 229
  2. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 66
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p xix village #224. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  4. ^ a b Neubauer, 1868, pp. 85-86


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