|Etymology: the Amphora|
|Geopolitical entity||Mandatory Palestine|
|Date of depopulation||28 May 1948|
|• Total||6,614 dunams (6.614 km2 or 2.554 sq mi)|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Expulsion by Yishuv forces|
In 1596, Danna was part of the Ottoman Empire, nahiya (subdistrict) of Shafa under the liwa' (district) of Lajjun with a population of 5 Muslim families, (estimated 28 people). It paid a fixed tax rate of 25% to the Ottoman government on a number of crops, including wheat and barley, and other types of produce, such as goats and beehives; a total of 3,500 akçe.
Victor Guérin described in 1875 the village as being "humble", and situated on a hill. He noted that it had once been much larger, as north of the village centre were ruins of houses. In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Danna as being situated on a slope, and surrounded by farmland. There was a spring with a watering trough to the west. The village houses were built of stone and adobe.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the Mandatory Palestine authorities, Danna had a population of 176 Muslims, decreasing in the 1931 census to 149, still all Muslims, in 28 houses.
The village was shaped like a rectangle whose longer sides were aligned in a north-south direction. During this era the village expanded and new houses, constructed of stone and adobe brick, were built along the road to the nearby village of Kafra. It was classified as a hamlet in the Palestine Index Gazetteer. There were a few shops and a mosque which contained the maqam (shrine) of a Shaykh Daniyal. The village spring provided water for all the residents. The villagers worked primarily in rainfed agriculture.
In the 1945 statistics Danna had a population of 190 Muslims, with a total of 6,614 dunams of land. Of this, a total of 5,097 dunams was used for cereals; 14 dunams were irrigated or used for orchards, while 15 were built-up (urban) land. Grass and leafy vegetation grew on the slopes and peaks of the neighboring mountains and were used for grazing.
On the 28 May 1948 the village was occupied by Israeli forces, and the villagers were expelled.
According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, 1992, the remaining structures on the village land were:
"Bushes, cactus plants, thorns, and grass now grow around piles of rubble on the village site. Thick weeds grow in the wadi and near the springs. The lands in the area are cultivated by Israeli farmers."
- Palmer, 1881, p. 160
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 6
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 43
- Morris, 2004, p. xvii village #111. Also gives cause of depopulation.
- Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 157, also cited in Khalidi, 1992, p. 45
- Burckhardt, 1822, p. 342
- Also cited in Khalidi 1992, p. 46 (wrongly cited to p. 842)
- Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 218
- Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, 2nd Appendix, p. 130
- Guérin, 1880, pp. 128-129
- Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p.83. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p.46
- Barron, 1923, Table IX, p. 31
- Mills, 1932, p. 78
- Khalidi, 1992, p.46
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 84
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 134
- Barron, J.B., ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine.
- Burckhardt, J.L. (1822). Travels in Syria and the Holy Land. J. Murray.
- Conder, C.R.; 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.
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945.
- Guérin, V. (1880). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 3: Galilee, pt. 1. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.
- Hadawi, S. (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter; Abdulfattah, Kamal (1977). Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. ISBN 3-920405-41-2.
- Khalidi, W. (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, B. (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.
- Robinson, E.; Smith, E. (1841). Biblical Researches in Palestine, Mount Sinai and Arabia Petraea: A Journal of Travels in the year 1838. 3. Boston: Crocker & Brewster.