Al-Shawka al-Tahta

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Al-Shawka al-Tahta

الشوكة التحتا
Al-Shawka al-Tahta is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Shawka al-Tahta
Al-Shawka al-Tahta
Coordinates: 33°14′19″N 35°38′12″E / 33.23861°N 35.63667°E / 33.23861; 35.63667Coordinates: 33°14′19″N 35°38′12″E / 33.23861°N 35.63667°E / 33.23861; 35.63667
Palestine grid209/293
Geopolitical entityMandatory Palestine
SubdistrictSafad
Date of depopulationMay 14, 1948[2]
Area
 • Total2,132 dunams (2.132 km2 or 527 acres)
Population
 (1945)
 • Total200[1]
Cause(s) of depopulationFear of being caught up in the fighting

Al-Shawka al-Tahta was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on May 14, 1948, by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 31.5 km northeast of Safad.

History[edit]

The village contained two khirbas known as Tall al-Qadi and Khirbat al-Day'a.

In 1881 the Survey of Western Palestine identified Khirbet Dufnah, meaning "the ruin of Daphne (oleander)", which they marked on their map in the place where Al-Shawka al-Tahta was to stand later, about 1km NNW of present-day Dafna.[3]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1931 census of Palestine, during the British Mandate for Palestine, the village had a population of 136, all Muslims, in a total of 31 houses.[4]

In the 1945 statistics it had a population of 200 Muslims[1] with a total land area of 2,132 dunams.[5] Of this, 1,845 dunams were allocated for plantations and irrigable land, 140 for cereals,[6] while 17 dunams were classified as non-cultivable areas.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 11
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #3. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  3. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 26
  4. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 111
  5. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 71 Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 121 Archived 2018-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 171 Archived 2018-09-26 at the Wayback Machine

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