Al-Wayziyya

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Al-Wayziyya
Al-Wayziyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Wayziyya
Al-Wayziyya
Arabic الويزية
Also spelled Weiziya[1]
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°0′4″N 35°34′37″E / 33.00111°N 35.57694°E / 33.00111; 35.57694Coordinates: 33°0′4″N 35°34′37″E / 33.00111°N 35.57694°E / 33.00111; 35.57694
Palestine grid 204/267
Population 100[2][3] (1945)
Date of depopulation May 1948[1]

Al-Wayziyya (Arabic: الويزية‎) was a Palestinian village in the Safad Subdistrict, located south east of Yarda. It was depopulated during the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on May 1, 1948, by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 8.5 km northeast of Safad.

In 1945, the village had a population of 100. A shrine for a local sage known as al-Shaykh al-Wayzi was located in the village.

History[edit]

Al-Wayziyya was situated in a volcanic area that sloped towards the al-Hula Plain to the north. The majority of the villagers were Bedouin and were involved in agriculture, primarily animal husbandry.[4] A road linked the village to a highway leading to Safad and Tiberias. A shrine for a Shaykh al-Wayzi was located about 0.5 km from the site as was a stone quarry.[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Wazia had a population of 30, all Muslim.[5]

In the 1945 statistics the population was 100 Muslims,[2] with a total of 6,361 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[3] Of this, Arabs used 795 dunums for plantations or irrigable land, 1,623 for cereals;[6] while a total of 2,114 dunams was classified as uncultivable.[7]

1948, aftermath[edit]

During the 1948 war, nearby Mughr al-Khayt was struck by mortars on 2 May, while villages to the north were evacuated earlier because of the threat of the oncoming war.[4]

Today there are no Israeli settlements on village lands and the shrine of Shaykh al-Wayzi is the only remaining landmark.[4] Only rubble and grasses and trees remain, although the Zionists established the settlement of Mahanayim in 1939, which is located about 1.5 km southeast of where Al-Wayziyya was located.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #49. Gives cause of depopulation as "?"
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 10
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 70
  4. ^ a b c d e Khalidi, 1992, p. 503
  5. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Safad, p. 42
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 120
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 170

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