|Also spelled||Khirbet Manshiya|
|Date of depopulation||April 15, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Fear of being caught up in the fighting|
|Current localities||Ein ha-Horesh, Giv'at Chayirn, and Ahituv|
Al-Manshiyya (Arabic: المنشية), also known as Khirbat Manshiyya, was a Palestinian Arab village in the Tulkarm Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 15, 1948, under Operation Coastal Clearing. It was located 12.5 km northwest of Tulkarm.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Manshiyeh had a population of 94 Muslims, while in the 1931 census the village was counted under Attil, together with Jalama and Zalafa.
In 1945, it had a population of 260 Muslims, with a total of 16,770 dunums of land. Of this, Arabs used 1 dunam for citrus and bananas, 12 were plantations and irrigated land, 12,485 were for cereals, while total of 437 dunams were classified as “non-cultivable” areas.
In April 1948, Haganah had established policy of "cleaning out" the local Arabs from the coastal area. The villagers of Al-Manshiyya evacuated eastwards, apparently after "reaching an agreement with Haganah representatives that Jewish settlements would safeguard their property and allow them to return after the war."
However, on 12 April 1948, even before the village was evacuated, the "Committee for new settlements" had destined Al-Manshiyya to be the location of a new, Jewish settlement.
In 1992 the village remains were described: "A paved street bisects the site. The Israeli settlement of Giv'at Chayyim lies on both sides of this street, and there is a large cow barn at the southern end of it. Cactuses grow near the village entrance. Stones from the destroyed village houses are used as boundaries between flower beds, especially those lying along the street. Cotton, pistachios, and fruits are grown on the surrounding land."
- Morris, 2004, p. xviii, village #184. Also gives cause of depopulation
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 21
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 557
- Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Tulkarem, p. 28
- Mills, 1932, p. 53
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 75
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 126
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 176
- Morris, 2004, p. 92, note #140
- Morris, 2004, p. 145, note #140: "Subject: Local Arabs approaches for Peace with the Jews"
- Morris, 2004, p. 245
- Morris, 2004, p. 371, note #168
- Barron, J. B., ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine.
- Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945. Government of Palestine.
- Hadawi, Sami (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
- Welcome To al-Manshiyya, Palestine Remembered
- Khirbet al-Manshiyya, Zochrot
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 11: IAA, Wikimedia commons