Dayr Muhaysin in Mandatory Palestine
|Name meaning||the monastery of good deeds|
|Date of depopulation||April 6, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
It has been suggested by the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine that Dayr Muhaysin was one of the Crusader villages which was given by the 12th century King Baldwin V as a fief to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
According to Socin, it is possibly the place mentioned in an official Ottoman village list from around 1870, showing it had 10 houses and a population of 29, though the population count included men only.
British Mandate era
In 1945, the village had a population of 460 Muslims, while the total land area was 10,008 dunams (equivalent to the Greek stremma or English/American acre), according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 45 dunams were plantations or irrigated, 7,909 for cereals, while 72 dunams were classified as built-up public areas.
1947–1948 war, and aftermath
In December 1947 the village was evacuated. The Jewish Haganah paramilitary force paved an alternative route from Al-Masmiyya to Latrun, in order not to pass through the Palestinian Arab city of Ramla but the alternative route passed near the village. In the first month of the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine there were attacks on Jewish transportation. In these attacks two high Jewish commanders were killed and according to Israeli historian Yoav Gelber, fear from acts of revenge led the villagers to temporarily evacuate.
The village was captured on April 6, 1948 during Operation Nachshon. The operational orders were to treat all Arab villages on the Khulda – Jerusalem corridor as "enemy assembly of jump off places", and such villages were to be destroyed and the villagers expelled. Dayr Muhaysin, Khulda and Saydun were the three first target villages.
- Palmer, 1881, p. 367
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 29
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 66
- Morris, 2004, p. xx, village #327. Also gives cause for depopulation
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 378
- Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, p. 11
- Guérin, 1869, pp. 32–33
- Socin, 1879, p. 152
- Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, p. 274
- Mills, 1932, p. 19
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 114
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 164
- Yoav Gelber, Independence Versus Nakba; Kinneret–Zmora-Bitan–Dvir Publishing, 2004, ISBN 965-517-190-6, p.139
- Gelber, 2006, p. 77
- Esber, 2008, pp. 182–184
- Morris, 2004, pp. 233 −235
- Gelber, 2006, p. 100
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- Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945. Government of Palestine.
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- Gelber, Yoav (2006). Palestine, 1948: War, Escape and the Emergence of the Palestinian Refugee Problem. Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 1845190750.
- 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.
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- Socin, A. (1879). "Alphabetisches Verzeichniss von Ortschaften des Paschalik Jerusalem". Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins. 2: 135–163.