Arab al-Fuqara

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Arab al-Fuqara

عرب الفقراء/الشيخ حلو
Arab al-Fuqara is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arab al-Fuqara
Arab al-Fuqara
Coordinates: 32°27′08″N 34°54′21″E / 32.45222°N 34.90583°E / 32.45222; 34.90583Coordinates: 32°27′08″N 34°54′21″E / 32.45222°N 34.90583°E / 32.45222; 34.90583
Palestine grid140/206
Geopolitical entityMandatory Palestine
Date of depopulationApril 10, 1948[3]
 • Total310[1][2]
Cause(s) of depopulationExpulsion by Yishuv forces
Current LocalitiesHadera

Arab al-Fuqara (Arabic: عرب الفقراء) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Haifa Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 10, 1948.[3] At that time, the land records of the village consisted of a total area of 2,714 Dunums, of which 2,513 were owned by Jews, and just 15 owned by Arabs, with the remainder being public lands (186 dunams).


The village was located 42 km southwest of Haifa, south of Wadi al-Mafjar and northwest of Hadera, in a flat, sandy area.[5]


The Arab villagers were descendants of a section of the al-Balawina Bedouin tribe, whose primary territory was near Beersheba.[5] The area was generally swampy and malarial, and this limited population growth until the mid-1920s.

The gradual and legal expansion of the Jewish town Hadera reduced the free public land available to the Arab villagers, until only a thin strip of land between Hadera and Wadi al-Mafjar was retained (15 dunams),[5] where the land was considered non-cultivable.[6]

The village population in the 1945 statistics was 310, all Muslims.[1][2]

1948 and aftermath[edit]

On 6 April 1948, the Haganah implemented a new policy for the coastal plains, namely of clearing the whole area of its Arab inhabitants.[7] On 10 April, the villagers of Arab al-Fuqara, together with the villagers of Arab al-Nufay'at and Arab Zahrat al-Dumayri, were ordered to leave the area.[8]

Following the 1948 war, the area was incorporated into the State of Israel and the village's land is now part of the northwestern area of Hadera.[5]


  1. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 13
  2. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 47
  3. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xviii, village #180. Also gives cause of depopulation
  4. ^ | unit_pref = dunam | area_total_dunam = 15Hadawi, 1970, total area of 2,714 dunams was divided as Arab owned 15 dunams, Jewish owned 2513 dunams, public 186 dunams
  5. ^ a b c d Khalidi, 1992, p.144
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 139
  7. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 245, note 628
  8. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 245, note 631


  • Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945.
  • Hadawi, S. (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
  • 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.
  • Morris, B. (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.

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