Arab al-Safa

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Arab al-Safa
Arab al-Safa is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arab al-Safa
Arab al-Safa
Arabic عرب الصفا
Subdistrict Baysan
Coordinates 32°26′27.1″N 35°32′15.61″E / 32.440861°N 35.5376694°E / 32.440861; 35.5376694Coordinates: 32°26′27.1″N 35°32′15.61″E / 32.440861°N 35.5376694°E / 32.440861; 35.5376694
Palestine grid 200/205
Population 754 (1948)
Date of depopulation 20 May 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall

Arab al-Safa (Arabic: عرب الصفا‎‎), was a Palestinian Arab village in the District of Baysan . It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It was located 7.5 km south of Baysan.

The village was destroyed on May 20, 1948 by the Israeli Golani Brigade under Operation Gideon.

History[edit]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the Mandatory Palestine authorities, Saffa had a population of 255 Muslims,[2] increasing in the 1931 census to 540; 4 Christians and the rest Muslims, in 108 houses.[3]

According to a land census report in 1944, land ownership in the village (in dunams) was as follows:

  • Arab 7,549
  • Jewish 2,523
  • Public 2,446
  • Total 12,518[4][5]

By 1944, a total of 7,449 dunums were used for cereals.[4][6] The Arab population were occupied mainly in cereal farming. The village had a population of 225 in 1922. This had grown to 754 by 1948 with 150 houses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #132. Also gives cause of depopulation
  2. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, p. 31
  3. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 77
  4. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p.43
  5. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 7
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 85

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