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Villagers of Al-Nuqayb, 1939
Villagers of Al-Nuqayb, 1939
Historical map series for the area of al-Nuqayb (1870s).jpg 1870s map
Historical map series for the area of al-Nuqayb (1940s).jpg 1940s map
Historical map series for the area of al-Nuqayb (modern).jpg modern map
Historical map series for the area of al-Nuqayb (1940s with modern overlay).jpg 1940s with modern overlay map
A series of historical maps of the area around Al-Nuqayb (click the buttons)
Al-Nuqayb is located in Mandatory Palestine
Location within Mandatory Palestine
Coordinates: 32°47′57″N 35°38′25″E / 32.79917°N 35.64028°E / 32.79917; 35.64028Coordinates: 32°47′57″N 35°38′25″E / 32.79917°N 35.64028°E / 32.79917; 35.64028
Palestine grid210/245
Geopolitical entityMandatory Palestine
Date of depopulationMay 14, 1948[3]
 • Total976 dunams (97.6 ha or 241 acres)
 • Total310[1][2]
Cause(s) of depopulationExpulsion by Yishuv forces
Current LocalitiesEin Gev[4]

Al-Nuqayb was a Palestinian Arab village in the Tiberias Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on May 15, 1948. It was located 10 km east across the lake from Tiberias. bordering the Wadi al-Muzaffar and Wadi Samakh. al-Nuqayb was named after the Bedouin tribe of 'Arab al-Nuqayb.


The village was located on the eastern shore of Lake Tiberias, with the fortress Qal'at al-Hisn located just to the east.[4]


In the 1880s most of the village land was purchased by the Bahá'u'lláh, while the villagers continued to farm as tenant farmers.[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1920s, the land the Bahá'u'lláh had purchased was sold to the JNF.[4] At the time of the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Nuqhaib had a population of 103 Muslims,[5] increasing in the 1931 census to 287 Muslims, in 60 houses.[6]

The Kibbutz of Ein Gev was established in 1937, 1,5 km south of the village site.[4]

In 1944/1945, the village had a population of 320 Muslims,[1] with a total of 967 dunams of land.[2] Of this, 131 dunams were irrigated or used for plantations, 797 were used for cereals,[7] while 30 dunams were classified as built-up (urban) land.[8]

1948, aftermath[edit]

After the 1948 Palestine war, according to the armistice agreements of 1949 Between Israel and Syria, it was determined that a string of villages, including Nuqeib, Al-Hamma, Al-Samra in the Tiberias Subdistrict and Kirad al-Baqqara and Kirad al-Ghannama further north in the Safad Subdistrict, would be included the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between Israel and Syria. The villagers and their property were formally protected by Article V of the Israeli-Syrian agreement of 20 July that year.[9][10][11] However, Israel thought the villagers could pose a security threat, and Israeli settlers and settlement agencies coveted the land. Israel therefore wanted the Palestinian inhabitants, a total of 2,200 villagers, moved to Syria.[9] Most of the villagers were eventually moved to Syria, while some were "transferred" to Sha'ab.[4]

In 1992 the village site was described: "The site is fenced in and covered with thorny grass and various kinds of trees, such as Christ's-thorn trees. Piles of stones and the remains of walls can be seen. Part of the surrounding land is cultivated by the nearby settlement, and the remainder is used as a grazing area by Israelis."[4]


  1. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 12
  2. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 72
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #370. Also gives cause of depopulation
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Khalidi, 1992, p. 536
  5. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XI, p. 39
  6. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 84
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 122
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 172
  9. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. 512
  10. ^ UN Doc S/1353 Syria Israel Armistice Agreement of 20 July 1949
  11. ^ Map


  • 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, S. (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center. Archived from the original on 2018-12-08. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  • Khalidi, W. (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, B. (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.

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