Nitaf

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Nitaf
Nitaf is located in Mandatory Palestine
Nitaf
Nitaf
Arabic نطاف
Also spelled Nataf[1]
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Coordinates 31°50′13.47″N 35°03′55.25″E / 31.8370750°N 35.0653472°E / 31.8370750; 35.0653472Coordinates: 31°50′13.47″N 35°03′55.25″E / 31.8370750°N 35.0653472°E / 31.8370750; 35.0653472
Palestine grid 156/138
Population 40[2][3] (1945)
Area 1,401 dunams
1.4 km²
Date of depopulation April 15, 1948

Nitaf Arabic: نطاف‎‎, Natâf, was a small Palestinian Arab village in the Jerusalem Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 15, 1948 during the second stage of Operation Dani. Located 17 km west of Jerusalem, the village was built on an archaeological site which was surrounded by a number of khirbas.

History[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Nataf had a population 16, all Muslims.[4]

In 1945 it had a population of 40 Muslims.[2] and the total land area was 1,401 dunams, according to an official land and population survey.[3] Of the land, a total of 166 dunams were plantations and irrigable land and 158 were for cereals,[5] while a total of 1,077 dunams were classified non-cultivable land.[6]

Nitaf had a maqam for local sage known as al-Shaykh Mas'ud.

The Israeli settlement of Nataf is located less than 1 km south of the village site,[7] but on land belonging to Bayt Thul.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khalidi, 1992, 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. ^ Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Jerusalem, p. 15
  5. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 103
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 153
  7. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 307
  8. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 290

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