Khirbat Bayt Far

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Khirbat Bayt Far
Khirbat Bayt Far is located in Mandatory Palestine
Khirbat Bayt Far
Khirbat Bayt Far
Arabic خربة بيت فار
Name meaning the ruin of the house of the mouse[1]
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°48′03″N 34°54′57″E / 31.80083°N 34.91583°E / 31.80083; 34.91583Coordinates: 31°48′03″N 34°54′57″E / 31.80083°N 34.91583°E / 31.80083; 34.91583
Palestine grid 142/134
Population 300[2][3] (1945)
Date of depopulation April 7, 1948
Current localities Tal Shahar[4][5]

Khirbat Bayt Far was a Palestinian village in the Ramle Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine, located 14 km south of Ramla. It was depopulated during the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 7, 1948.

History[edit]

Ceramics from the Byzantine era have been found here.[6]

Ottoman era[edit]

In 1838, in the late Ottoman era, it was noted as a village in ruins.[7][8]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) found here: "Walls and foundations, apparently modern, with caves and a spring."[9]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Bait Far had a population of 28 Muslims,[10] decreasing in the 1931 census to 26 Muslims, in a total of 11 houses.[11]

In 1944/45 the village had a population of 300 Muslims[2] with a total of 5,604 dunums of land.[3] Of this, 19 dunums were for plantations and irrigable land, 5,337 dunums were for cereals,[12] while a total of 248 dunams were classified as non-cultivable areas.[13]

1948, aftermath[edit]

On 11 January 1948, Kfar Uriah was attacked by Arabs who came from neighboring Beit Jiz and Khirbet Beit Far.[14]

In 1948, Beyt Pe'er was founded on village land, it later changed its name into Tal Shahar.[4]

In 1992 the village site was described: "All that is left of the village are debris and girders heaped together in a small area. The site is ringed by carob trees. The remains of an uprooted olive grove lies to the north and east."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 269
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 29
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 67
  4. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, p. 364
  5. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xxi, settlement #34, October 1948
  6. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 900
  7. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 21
  8. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, Appendix 2, p. 120
  9. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 237
  10. ^ Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Ramleh, p. 21
  11. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 18.
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 115
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 165
  14. ^ Morris, 2008, p. 102

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