Ghuraba

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Ghuraba
Ghuraba is located in Mandatory Palestine
Ghuraba
Ghuraba
Arabic غرابة
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°07′10.31″N 35°38′45.43″E / 33.1195306°N 35.6459528°E / 33.1195306; 35.6459528Coordinates: 33°07′10.31″N 35°38′45.43″E / 33.1195306°N 35.6459528°E / 33.1195306; 35.6459528
Palestine grid 210/280
Population 220[1] (1945)
Date of depopulation May 28, 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Fear of being caught up in the fighting

Ghuraba (Arabic: غرابة‎‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 War on May 28, 1948 by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 22 km northeast of Safad.

In 1945 it had a population of 220 Muslims.[1]

History[edit]

British mandate era[edit]

In the 1931 census of Palestine, during the British Mandate for Palestine, the village had a population of 124 Muslims, in a total of 27 houses.[3]

By 1945 the population was 220 Muslims,[1] with a total of 2,933 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[4] Of this, Arabs used 2,928 dunams for plantations and irrigable land,[5] while a total of 47 dunams was non-cultivable area.[6]

1948, aftermath[edit]

After fighting broke out nearby on 1 May, 1948, many villagers fled.[7] By late June, the Haganah Intelligence reported that there were "concentrations of Arab refugees" in Ghuraba.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 9
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #21. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  3. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 106
  4. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 69.
  5. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 119
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 169
  7. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 249
  8. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 252

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