Kasla, Jerusalem

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Subdistrict Jerusalem
Palestine grid 154/132
Population 280 (1945)
Area 8,004 dunams
Date of depopulation July 17-18, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Ramat Razi'el,[2] Kesalon[2]

Kasla was a Palestinian Arab village in the Jerusalem Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on July 17, 1948 by the Harel Brigade of Operation Dani. It was located 17 km west of Jerusalem. The Canaanites, Israelites and Romans referred to Kasla as the city of Chesalon. Kasla has several khirbas including a shrine for a local sage known as al-Shaykh Ahmad.

1948 Arab–Israeli War[edit]

Kasla, along with four other villages, were overtaken by the Israeli Harel Brigade on 17-18 July 1948 in Operation Dani. The villages had been on the front line since April 1948 and most of the inhabitants of these villages had already left the area. Many of those who stayed fled when Israeli forces attacked and the few who remained at each village were expelled.[3]


  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xx, village #338. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  2. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p. 299
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 436


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Coordinates: 31°46′52″N 35°03′04″E / 31.78111°N 35.05111°E / 31.78111; 35.05111