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Ferradheh,[1] al-Faradhiyyah, Ferradieh[2]
General view of village Farradiyya
General view of village Farradiyya
Farradiyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Coordinates: 32°55′54″N 35°25′42″E / 32.93167°N 35.42833°E / 32.93167; 35.42833Coordinates: 32°55′54″N 35°25′42″E / 32.93167°N 35.42833°E / 32.93167; 35.42833
Palestine grid190/259
Geopolitical entityMandatory Palestine
Date of depopulationFebruary 1949[5]
 • Total19,947 dunams (20.0 km2 or 7.7 sq mi)
 • Total670[3][4]
Cause(s) of depopulationExpulsion by Yishuv forces
Current LocalitiesParod, Shefer

Farradiyya (Arabic: الفرّاضية‎, al-Farâdhiyyah) was a Palestinian Arab village of 670 located 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) southwest of Safad,[6] built on the site of an older, Roman era village called Parud.

Farradiyya was situated on the southern slopes of Mount Zabud with an average elevation of 375 meters (1,230 ft) above sea level. The Safad-Nazareth highway (Route 866) passed it to the north.[6] Its total land area was 19,747 dunams, of which 25 dunams were built-up areas and 5,365 dunams cultivable.[4]


The site has been suggested as that of the 2nd century CE Jewish community of Farod (alt. sp. Pārud), mentioned once in the Babylonian Talmud (Avodah Zarah 31a),[7][8] and the place of residence of tannaic scholar, Bar Kappara.[9] One Jewish tradition also places the burial site of Talmudic scholar Nachum Ish Gamzu on the main road as one approaches Farradiyya, where was once seen a large edifice made of hewn stones.[10]

Under the Abbasid Caliphate, al-Farradiyya was a part of Jund al-Urdunn ("Province of Jordan").[11] In 985 CE, Arab geographer al-Muqaddasi describes it as a large village between Acre and Tiberias, with a mosque for Friday sermons. He added that water was plentiful, the surrounding country was pleasant, and there were abundant grapes and vineyards in the village.[12]

Ottoman era[edit]

Farradiyya was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517, after being ruled by Crusaders, Ayyubids, and the Mamluks. By the 1596 tax record, it was a part of the nahiya ("subdistrict") of Jira, part of the Safad Sanjak. The village consisted of 40 households and 3 bachelors, an estimated 237 persons; all Muslims. The villagers paid taxes on wheat, barley, olives, fruits, beehives, goats, and pastures; a total of 5,200 akçe.[13][14]

A map from Napoleon's invasion of 1799 by Pierre Jacotin showed the place, named as "Farod".[15] In 1875 Victor Guérin noted the spring, Aïn Ferradheh, which had formerly driven several mills, but were now destroyed. He found the village to have about 150 Muslim inhabitants.[1] In 1881 the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described the village as being built of stone and with the inhabitants growing olives, figs, and tilling small gardens.[16] The population was still estimated to be about 150.[16] Springs from Mount al-Jarmaq to the north provided most of the village's water supply, and a boys' elementary school was established during this period.[6]

A population list from about 1887 showed that Farradiyya had about 455 Muslim inhabitants.[17]

British Mandate era[edit]

After the British took over Palestine from the Ottomans in 1917, Farradiyya became a part of the British Mandate of Palestine in 1922. Under the Mandate, it had a thriving agriculture sector, and was known for its model experimental farm which covered 300 dunams of land. The farm was established to improve the variety of apples, apricots, almonds, figs, grapes, pears, and to develop new seed varieties. It had an arboretum where 2,000 plants were grown and distributed to local fellahin, and the farm provided advice services to teach farmers from the Acre and Safad districts how to raise poultry and beehives. Apart from the farm, there were several water-powered mills in the vicinity of Farradiyya. The village was also the site of a shrine for a local religious leader named Shaykh Mansur.[6] A report from the village (before 1933) noted the Maqam (shrine) for Sheik Mansur as "a square building with arch and niche." The report also noted that there was a medieval arch in the cemetery.[18]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, the village had 362 Muslim residents,[19] rising to 465 in the 1931 census; 464 Muslims and 1 Christian, in a total of 101 houses.[20]

Farradiya, winter 2019

The village was visited in 1933 by a representative from the Department of Antiquities, who reported that "A maqam known locally by the name of "Sheikh Manṣur" is standing in the main track leading to the village at a point about halfway between the village itself and the Govt. School for boys. It is a square room in a ruinous condition about 4m x 4m. The only part which is still to be seen in position is the northern wall -it consists of nine courses above the basement with an average of 27 cm height; each course; making a total of 2.45 m high. The N.E. corner as well as the middle of the wall have worn pilasters with 1/2 inch projections. The bases and capitals have simple mouldings. The top most course is made of moulded stones forming a cornice."[21] The shrine of "Sheikh Manṣur" is thought to be that of Rabbi Tanḥum of Parod.[22]

The British built here a fortified police station, a so-called Tegart fort.

In the 1945 statistics the population was 670 Muslims,[3] with a total of 19,747 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[4] Of this, 1,182 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 4,137 for cereals;[23] while a total of 25 dunams was built-up, or urban, area.[24]

1948 War and aftermath[edit]

Farradiyya was captured by Israel's Golani Brigade in Operation Hiram on October 30, 1948. It was not directly assaulted, but as the brigade advanced north from the Arab town of Eilabun in the south towards Sa'sa' in the north, Farradiyya was surrounded by Israeli forces on all sides.[6]

Prior to its capture, in early May, Arabs from Akbara and az-Zahiriyya took refuge in the village. Because it was not assaulted, many of Farradiyya's residents remained in the village until February 1949. It was on December 15, 1948, that Israeli authorities decided to expel the remaining 261 inhabitants, but the plan was executed in February. Israeli forces evicted most of the villagers to other Arab villages in the Galilee under their control or to the northern West Bank.[6]

In 1949, the Jewish town of Parod was founded on village lands, 300 meters (980 ft) east of the village site, and in 1950, the town of Shefer was established on Farradiyya's northern lands.[25]

In 1992 the village site was described:

The site is deserted and covered with wild thorns, trees, and piles of stones from the destroyed homes. Cactuses grow on the land around the site, which is mostly utilized for grazing animals.[25]

Archaeological finds[edit]

Excavations conducted at the site in 1996 have revealed columbaria and burial caves (kokhim) dating back to the Early–Late Roman and Early Byzantine periods.[26] Ceramics have also been found here from the Byzantine era.[27] In 2010, a survey of the site was conducted by Cinamon Gilad and Baron Hendrik on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).[28]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Guérin, 1880, Galilee II, p. 456
  2. ^ Palmer, 1881, p.72
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 9
  4. ^ a b c Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 69.
  5. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #70. Also provides cause of depopulation.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Khalidi, 1992, p.449.
  7. ^ Neubauer, 1868, p. 275; cited in Dauphin, 1998, p. 705
  8. ^ Leiber, 2009, pp. 117–121.
  9. ^ Rashi on Avodah Zarah 31a, s.v. פרוד.
  10. ^ Levi-Nahum, Yehuda (ed.), Sefer ṣohar le-ḥasifat ginzei teiman (ספר צהר לחשיפת גנזי תימן), Tel-Aviv 1986, s.v. chapter: Tombs of the forefathers and righteous [3], p. 252 (Hebrew)
  11. ^ al-Muqaddasi quoted in le Strange, 1890, p.39.
  12. ^ al-Muqaddasi quoted in le Strange, 1890, p.439.
  13. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 177. Partially quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p.449, and in Petersen, 2001, p. 139
  14. ^ Note that Rhode, 1979, p. 6 writes that the register that Hütteroth and Abdulfattah studied was not from 1595/6, but from 1548/9
  15. ^ Karmon, 1960, p. 166
  16. ^ a b Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 203. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p.449.
  17. ^ Schumacher, 1888, p. 174
  18. ^ Petersen, 2001, p. 139
  19. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Safad, p. 41
  20. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 106
  21. ^ PAM Makhouly 11.2.33/ ATQ 676. Cited in Petersen, 2001, p. 139
  22. ^ Ben-Zevi, Ishak (1933). "The Grave of Rabbi Tanhum of Parod". Bulletin of the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society: 16–20. JSTOR 23721683. (Hebrew)
  23. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 118
  24. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 169
  25. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p.450.
  26. ^ Tal, Oren (1999). "Parod". Hadashot Arkheologiyot: Excavations and Surveys in Israel. 110: 7–9. JSTOR 23472327.
  27. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 705
  28. ^ Israel Antiquities Authority, Excavators and Excavations Permit for Year 2010, Survey Permit # A-5822


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