Bayt Thul

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Bayt Thul
Bayt Thul is located in Mandatory Palestine
Bayt Thul
Bayt Thul
Arabic بيت ثول
Name meaning The house of Tul (meaning length)[1]
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Coordinates 31°49′21″N 35°04′26″E / 31.82250°N 35.07389°E / 31.82250; 35.07389Coordinates: 31°49′21″N 35°04′26″E / 31.82250°N 35.07389°E / 31.82250; 35.07389
Palestine grid 157/136
Population 260[2][3] (1945)
Area 4,629 dunams
Date of depopulation Not known[4]
Current localities Nataf,[5] Newe Ilan[6]

Bayt Thul was a Palestinian Arab village in the Jerusalem Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 1, 1948 under Operation Nachshon. It was located 15.5 km west of Jerusalem.


According to a census conducted in 1931 by the British Mandate authorities, Bayt Thul had a population of 182 inhabitants, in 43 inhabited houses.[7]

In 1945, the village had a population of 260 Muslims.[2][3] Bayt Thul has several Khirbats containing columns and foundations of ruined buildings and cisterns.


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 287
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 24
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 56
  4. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xx, village #358. Gives both cause and date of depopulation as "Not known"
  5. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 290
  6. ^ Close by, but on land traditionally belonging to Abu Ghosh, according to Khalidi, 1992, p. 290
  7. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 38


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