Bil'in, Gaza

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Bil'in
Bil'in is located in Mandatory Palestine
Bil'in
Bil'in
Arabic بعلين
Name meaning Balin, from personal name[1]
Subdistrict Gaza
Coordinates 31°41′20″N 34°49′11″E / 31.68889°N 34.81972°E / 31.68889; 34.81972Coordinates: 31°41′20″N 34°49′11″E / 31.68889°N 34.81972°E / 31.68889; 34.81972
Palestine grid 132/121
Population 180[2][3] (1945)
Area 8,036 [3] dunams
Date of depopulation Not known[4]
Current localities Qedma[5]

Bil'in was a Palestinian Arab village in the Gaza Subdistrict. It was depopulated by the Israel Defense Forces during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on July 8, 1948 under Operation An-Far. It was located 39 km northeast of Gaza and the village contained two wells which supplied it with drinking water.

History[edit]

In 1863 Victor Guérin noted it as a small village on a mound.[6]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described it as being a small adobe village, "with no traces of antiquity."[7]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Bait Tima had a population of 101 inhabitants, all Muslims,[8] increasing by the 1931 census to 127, still all Muslim, in 32 houses.[9]

in 1945, the village together with Ard el Ishra had a population of 180 Muslims,[2] and the land area was 8,036 dunams, according to an official land and population survey.[3] Of this, 143 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 6,972 for cereals,[10] while 6 dunams were built-up areas.[11]

Bi'lin had an elementary school which was founded in 1937 and a shrine for al-Shaykh Ya'qub.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p.265
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 31
  3. ^ a b c Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 45
  4. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xix, village #290. Morris gives both cause and date for depopulation as "Not known"
  5. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 91
  6. ^ Guérin, 1869, p. 121
  7. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 409, cited in Khalidi, 1992, p.90
  8. ^ Barron, 1923, Table V, Sub-district of Gaza, p. 9
  9. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 3
  10. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 86
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 136

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