Naghnaghiya

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Naghnaghiya
Naghnaghiya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Naghnaghiya
Naghnaghiya
Arabic النغْنغية
Also spelled Al-Naghnaghiyya
Subdistrict Haifa
Coordinates 32°36′12.2″N 35°09′26.9″E / 32.603389°N 35.157472°E / 32.603389; 35.157472Coordinates: 32°36′12.2″N 35°09′26.9″E / 32.603389°N 35.157472°E / 32.603389; 35.157472
Palestine grid 164/223
Population 416[1] (1931)
Area 12,139 dunams
Date of depopulation 12-13 April 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces

Naghnaghiya (Arabic: النغْنغية‎, Al-Naghnaghiyya) was a Palestinian Arab village, 28.5 kilometers (17.7 mi) southeast of Haifa.[3] It was depopulated before the outbreak of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.[4]

Location[edit]

The village was on the north edge of a hill at the edge of a wadi bed, overlooking the Jezreel Valley and the Nazareth hills to the north and northeast. It was the smallest of a group of three villages (known collectively as al-Ghubayyat) located together; the others were Al-Ghubayya al-Fawqa and Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta. Next to al- Naghnaghiya was an artificial mound that bore the same name. Two kilometers to the southeast, on the highway to Jenin was Tall al-Mutasallim, identified with Megiddo[3]

History[edit]

In 1888, during Ottoman rule, an elementary school was built that was shared by the three al-Ghubayyat villages.[3]

In the 1931 census of Palestine, the population of Naghnaghiya was 416, all Muslims, in a total of 78 houses.[1]

In 1945 the population of Al-Ghubayya al-Fawqa, Al-Ghubayya al-Tahta and Naghnaghiya was 1,130, all Arabs, and it had 12,139 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[5] 209 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 10,883 for cereals,[6] while no data were given for built-up (urban) land.[7]

1948, and after[edit]

Before the outbreak of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, on the night of the 12-13 April 1948, Naghnaghiya and the neighbouring village of al-Mansi were attacked by the Palmach, a Jewish militia.[4] By 15 April, Arabs had evacuated both villages, which were then blown up by the Jewish militia forces.[8]

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, describing the village in 1992: "The remains of houses are scattered on the slope of one hill. The site, traversed by the Haifa-Megiddo highway and partly occupied by an Israeli soccer field, is difficult to identify."[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mills, 1932, p. 95
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xviii village #149. Also gives cause of depopulation
  3. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, p. 179
  4. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. 242
  5. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 47
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 90
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 140
  8. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 346
  9. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 180

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