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Al-Na'ani is located in Mandatory Palestine
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°52′20″N 34°52′24″E / 31.87222°N 34.87333°E / 31.87222; 34.87333Coordinates: 31°52′20″N 34°52′24″E / 31.87222°N 34.87333°E / 31.87222; 34.87333
Palestine grid 138/142
Population 2060[1][2] (1945)
Date of depopulation May 14, 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Fear of being caught up in the fighting
Current localities Na'an, Ramot Me'ir

Al-Na'ani, also called Al-Ni'ana, was a Palestinian Arab village in the Ramle Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on May 14, 1948 by the Givati Brigade during Operation Barak. It was located 6 km south of Ramle.

A British anthropologist, writing in 1932, reported that there was a group of "Sidr" trees (see Ziziphus spina-christi and Sidrat al-Muntaha) south of the village believed to be protected by spirits.[4]

In 1945, the village had a population of 2,060, with 590 Jewish inhabitants of kibbutz Na'an. The village had an elementary school for boys which was founded in 1923 and in 1947, it had an enrollment of 208 students.


  1. ^ Department of Statistics, p. 30
  2. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 67
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xix village #247. Also gives cause of depopulation
  4. ^ Crowfoot, M. Grace with Louise Baldenserger (1932) From Cedar to Hyssop. A study in the Folklore of Plants in Palestine. The Sheldon Press, London. p.112


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