Arab al-'Arida

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Arab al-'Arida
Arab al-'Arida is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arab al-'Arida
Arab al-'Arida
Arabic عرب العريضه
Also spelled Arab al-Areeda
Subdistrict Baysan
Coordinates 32°26′28″N 35°30′52″E / 32.44111°N 35.51444°E / 32.44111; 35.51444Coordinates: 32°26′28″N 35°30′52″E / 32.44111°N 35.51444°E / 32.44111; 35.51444
Palestine grid 198/205
Population 150[1][2] (1945)
Area 700[2] dunams
2.3 km²
Date of depopulation May 20, 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Sde Eliyahu[4]

Arab al-'Arida (Arabic: عرب العريضه‎‎), is a depopulated former Palestinian Arab village and 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) south of the city of Beit She'an. It is the site of the modern kibbutz Sde Eliyahu.[5]

History[edit]

It stood on the Tell al-Ru'yan and Tell al-Qurud sites.

In the 1931 census it had a population of 182, all Muslims, in a total of 38 houses.[6]

In 1945 it had a population of 150 Muslims[1] and held 700 dunams of land.[2] In 1944/45 a total of 600 dunums of village land was used for cereals,[5][7] while 100 dunams were classed as uncultivable.[8]

1948 and aftermath[edit]

It was captured by Israel's Golani Brigade during Operation Gideon on May 20, 1948.

The settlement of Sde Eliyahu, established in 1939, is east of the village site on village land.[4] The Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, described the village remains in 1992: "No traces are left of the village. The whole village site is planted in wheat. The archaeological site, Tall al-Ru'yan, has been transformed into a garbage dump."[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 6
  2. ^ a b c Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 43
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #130. Also gives cause of depopulation
  4. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, p.41
  5. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p.40
  6. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 77
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 84
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 134

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