Baysamun

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Baysamun
Baysamun is located in Mandatory Palestine
Baysamun
Baysamun
Arabic بيسمون
Also spelled Beisamun, En Besamun, Basimun[1]
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°5′51.29″N 35°34′45.89″E / 33.0975806°N 35.5794139°E / 33.0975806; 35.5794139Coordinates: 33°5′51.29″N 35°34′45.89″E / 33.0975806°N 35.5794139°E / 33.0975806; 35.5794139
Palestine grid 204/278
Population 20 (1945)
Date of depopulation May 25, 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Whispering campaign

Baysamun (Arabic: بيسمون‎, Beisamûn) was a small Palestinian Arab village, located 16.5 kilometers (10.3 mi) northeast of Safad. In 1945, it had a population of 20.[3] It was depopulated during the 1948 War on May 25, 1948 by the Palmach's First Battalion in Operation Yiftach.

Kathleen Kenyon notes that Beisamun disappeared under modern drainage systems set up by Israel; in the fish ponds created, Neolithic remains were found that included houses and two plastered skulls.[4] Rectangular houses with plastered floors show striking similarities to those at Byblos.[4][5] These so-called "Levantine pier house[s]" were also found in Yiftahel, Ayn Ghazal, and Jericho.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grootkerk, 2000, p. 120.
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #27. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  3. ^ Hadawi, 1970, p. 69.
  4. ^ a b Kenyon, 1985, p. 29.
  5. ^ Wright, 1985, p. 30.
  6. ^ Negev and Gibson, 2005, p. 232.

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