Al-Qabab, aerial view 1948
|Name meaning||The domes|
|Date of depopulation||July 15, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
|Current localities||Gezer, Kefar Bin-Nun, Mishmar Ayyalon|
During the late Mamluk era, Mujir al-Din wrote that al-Qubab was a village within the administrative jurisdiction of al-Ramla in 1483. Mujir al-Din further noted that In 898 A. H., or 1492 C.E. the fellahin rebelled against the governor of Jerusalem. They were then caught between the governors of Gaza and Jerusalem, about in whose jurisdiction Al-Qubab was.
In 1863, Victor Guérin found it to have at least five hundred inhabitants, while an Ottoman village list from about 1870 found that Al-Qubab had a population of 381, in 114 houses, though the population count included men, only.
In 1883, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it as "a small adobe village on rising ground, by the main road. It is surrounded with prickly-pear hedges and olives. The ground is rocky. The water-supply is from the fine spring of 'Ain Yerdeh. This spring is 1 1/4 miles from the village, yet is the only source whence water is obtained."
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Qubab had a population of 1,275 inhabitants, all Muslims, increasing in the 1931 census to 1502 inhabitants, all Muslim, in 382 houses.
It had a population of 1,980 Muslims in 1945, while the total land area was 13,918 dunams, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, a total of 12,295 dunums were allocated to cereals, 238 dunums were irrigated or used for plantations, while 54 dunams were classified as built-up urban areas.
On September 13, 1948, al-Qubab was mostly destroyed, although the school (founded in 1921) and few houses remain standing.
Photo of al-Qubab from Palmach archives. Caption: "Operation Yoram. Conquest of Al-Qubab." 6 July 1948
Members of the 1st Battalion, Yiftach Brigade, in al-Qubab after the first truce. 1948
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