Al-Mukhayzin

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Al-Mukhayzin
Al-Mukhayzin is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Mukhayzin
Al-Mukhayzin
Arabic المخيزن
Name meaning Kh. el Mukheizin, the ruin of the storehouses[1]
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°48′12″N 34°48′40″E / 31.80333°N 34.81111°E / 31.80333; 34.81111Coordinates: 31°48′12″N 34°48′40″E / 31.80333°N 34.81111°E / 31.80333; 34.81111
Palestine grid 132/134
Population 200[2][3] (1945)
Area 10,942[3] dunams
Date of depopulation April 20, 1948[4]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Chafetz Chayyim,[5] Revadim,[5] Yad Binyamin,[5] Beyt Chilqiyya[5]

Al-Mukhayzin was a Palestinian Arab village in the Ramle Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 20, 1948, by the Givati Brigade of Operation Har'el. It was located 10 km southwest of Ramla.

History[edit]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine noted at Khurbet el Mukheizin: "A large well and birkeh (=artificial pool), of masonry. Several ruined cisterns and a few scattered stones."[6]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1931 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, El Mukheizin had 79 Muslim inhabitants, in a total of 19 houses.[7]

In 1944, Chafetz Chayyim was built on what traditionally was village land.[5]

In 1945, the village had a population of 200 Muslims,[2] with a land area of 10,942 dunums.[3] Of this, Arabs used 10,936 dunums for cereals,[8] while 6 dunams were classified as non-cultivable areas.[9]

1948, aftermath[edit]

Al-Mukhayzin became depopulated after a military assault on April 20, 1948.[4]

Afterwards, Revadim, Yad Binyamin and Beyt Chilqiyya have all been built on village land.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 270
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 30
  3. ^ a b c Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 67
  4. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xix, village #263. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Khalidi, 1992, p. 398
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 425
  7. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 21
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 116
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 166

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