|Name meaning||The little pool|
|Also spelled||Bureika, Ibraikeh|
|Date of depopulation||May 5, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Influence of nearby town's fall|
In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it as "a small village on a hill-top, with a well to the north, and wooded country round." A population list from about 1887 showed that Bureikeh had about 115 inhabitants, all Muslim. A school, founded in 1889 during the Ottoman period, was located in the village, but was closed during the British Mandate period.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Ibraikeh had a population of 249, all Muslims, increasing in the 1931 census to 237, still all Muslims, in 45 houses.
In 1945 the village had a population of 290 Muslims, and Arabs had a total of 1,864 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 78 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 1,538 for cereals, while 15 dunams were built-up (urban) land.
According to Yishuv sources, the AHC had in early March, 1948, ordered the villagers to evacuate, so that it could serve as a base for Arab irregular forces, However, most of the villagers seems to have stayed in the village at this stage. The village was finally depopulated in early May, in the aftermath of the Battle of Mishmar HaEmek, when IZL attacked the remaining villages in the area with mortar fire.
Today, a civilian explosives factory is located on the site.
- Palmer, 1881, p. 146
- Morris, 2004, p. xviii, village #161. Also gives cause of depopulation.
- Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Haifa, p. 34
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 13
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 47
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 155
- Conder and Kitchener, 1882, p. 41
- Schumacher, 1888, p. 180
- Mills, 1932, p. 89
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 89
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 139
- Morris, 2004, p. 97
- Morris, 2004, p. 130
- Morris, 2004, p. 243
- "תעשיות חרושת חומרי נפץ - היסטוריה" [Explosives industries - History]. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- Barron, J. B., ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine.
- Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, H. H. (1882). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology. 2. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
- Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945. Government of Palestine.
- Hadawi, Sami (1970). "Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine". Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
- Palmer, E. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Arabic and English Name Lists Collected During the Survey by Lieutenants Conder and Kitchener, R. E. Transliterated and Explained by E.H. Palmer. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
- Schumacher, G. (1888). "Population list of the Liwa of Akka". Quarterly statement - Palestine Exploration Fund. 20: 169–191.