Khirbat al-Jawfa

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Khirbat al-Jawfa
Khirbat al-Jawfa is located in Mandatory Palestine
Khirbat al-Jawfa
Khirbat al-Jawfa
Also spelled Khirbet al Jaufa[1]
Subdistrict Jenin
Coordinates 32°29′26″N 35°26′01″E / 32.49056°N 35.43361°E / 32.49056; 35.43361Coordinates: 32°29′26″N 35°26′01″E / 32.49056°N 35.43361°E / 32.49056; 35.43361
Palestine grid 191/210
Date of depopulation 12 May 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Ma'ale Gilbo'a[2]

Khirbat al-Jawfa' was a Palestinian Arab village that was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.


The village was situated 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) west of Jenin, on the top of a small circular plateau that extended from the northern slope of a mountain (Jabal Faqqu'a). It overlooked the Jordan Valley to the north and northeast, and was linked by a dirt path to the village Tall al-Shawk in District of Baysan.[2]


In the British mandate period the village was classified as a hamlet by the Palestine Index Gazetteer.[2]

1948 and after[edit]

It was probably occupied by the forces of the Golani Brigade as part of Operation Gideon on 12 May 1948. Most of its population fled to Jenin and its surrounding areas after the Israeli forces overtook the city of Bisan on May 15 1948.[2]

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the 1948 armistice line separating Israel from the West Bank fell a short distance to the west of Khirbat al-Jawfa, cutting through the land of the nearby village of Faqqu'a, (on the West Bank). The land of this village that was inside Israel have been combined with the land that belonged to Khirbat al-Jawfa, making the two indistinguishable. The settlement of Ma'ale Gilboa, founded 1962, is located inside this amalgamated parcel of land, southwest of the village site.[2]

Khalidi described the village remaining structures in 1992 as: "Although sections of some walls still stand, most of the former houses have been reduced to rubble. The entire area has been fenced in and is used as a grazing area for cows. A large water tank belonging to kibbutz Ma'ale Gilbo'a is on the site".[2]

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  1. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #124. Also gives cause of depopulation, with a "?"
  2. ^ a b c d e f Khalidi, 1992, p. 333


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