Khirbat Ism Allah

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Khirbat Ism Allah
Arabic خربة إسم الله
Name meaning Kh. Ism Allah, the ruin of the name of God[1]
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Palestine grid 145/132
Population 20[2][3] (1945)
Area 568 dunams
Date of depopulation July 17, 1948

Khirbat Ism Allah was a Palestinian Arab hamlet in the Jerusalem Subdistrict, located 26 km west of Jerusalem. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on July 17, 1948 by the Harel Brigade of Operation Dani. Khirbat Ism Allah was mostly destroyed with the exception of several deserted houses.

History[edit]

In 1883, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine only noted “foundations" here.[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

According to the 1931 census of Palestine, conducted in 1931 by the British Mandate authorities, Khirbat Ism Allah had a population of 18 inhabitants, in 4 houses.[5]

In 1944 Zionist established Kfar Uria about 1,5 km NW of the village site, but not on village land.[6]

In 1945, Khirbat Ism Allah had a population of 20 Muslims,[2] with a total of 568 dunums of land.[3] Of this, 3 dunams were for irrigable land or plantations, 485 for cereals,[7] while 80 dunams were non-cultivable land.[8]

1948, aftermath[edit]

In 1992, the site was described: The caves in the northern part of the site still show evidence of their former use as dwellings; the remains of arched entrances are present. In the southern part of the site, a few ruined houses are surrounded by low stone walls. This area has been recently repopulated by a Jewish shepherd family that renovated and occupied one of the houses. The walled in area is used as a goat barn, and the entire area has become a grazing site for the family's flock. The family uses the village spring to the west.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 306
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 25
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 57
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, p. 115
  5. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 20
  6. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p. 296
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 103
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 153

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