The remains of the Crusader tower at Qula. The village mosque was located about 10m to the east of it.
|Name meaning||from a personal name|
|Also spelled||Kouleh Cola, Chola|
|Date of depopulation||10 July 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
Qula (Arabic: قولة, Hebrew: קולה) was a Palestinian village in the Ramle Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine. It was located 15 km northeast of Ramla and was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
In 1596, Qula was part of the Ottoman Empire, nahiya (subdistrict) of al-Ramla under the Liwa of Gaza, with a population of 380. It paid taxes on goats and beehives, and a press that was used for processing either olives or grapes.
In 1870, the French explorer Victor Guérin noted: "This village, located on a rocky hill, obviously replaced a small town or ancient village. There is a large building now divided into several private dwellings, built either by the Muslims or by the Christians at the time of the Crusades, with cut stones removed from old buildings.
Besides, there is another construction, less extensive than the preceding one, but the lower courses of which are formed with much larger blocks, either flattened or cut into bosses, still serving at present as a tower, or defense tower.
All the upper part is of a much more recent date. A small mosque is similarly built with materials of which at least half seem ancient. At the door in particular of this sanctuary the feet are decorated with moldings that seem to be pointing to a time before the Muslim invasion. Finally, near the village, a birket, (a pond), 18 paces by 12 wide, is probably not the work of the Arabs. It is partly dug in the rock and partly constructed of large polygonal blocks coated with thick cement."
In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) the village of Qula was described as being situated on a slope at the edge of a plain; its historical relics dating back to medieval times. The SWP also noted ancient remains.
British Mandate era
During the British mandate period, the village expanded along the Ramle-Tulkarm highway. In the village center was the mosque, several small shops, and a school which had been founded in 1919. By the mid-1940s the school had 134 students.
In 1945 the population was 1,010, all Muslims, while the total land area was 4,347 dunams, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, a total of 2,842 dunums of land was used for cereals, 105 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards, while 26 dunams were classified as built-up areas.
1948 Arab-Israeli War and aftermath
Fighting in the region took place between the IDF and Arab Legion's forces during Operation Dani during the "Ten Days" after the end of the First Truce in the 1948 War. The IDF's Alexandroni Brigade had been sent to secure the area south of the Iraqi Army's zone of control, and fought over the village with the Arab League's First Brigade. The IDF captured the village for the last time on July 18, just before the start of the Second Truce. An IDF report stated that after capture of the village, the mutilated bodies of 19 members of the Alexandroni Brigade were discovered. Most of the villagers fled during the war, leaving only a few, primarily elderly behind. In the late 1990s, researcher Abdel Jawad reported testimony from former villagers who stated that six women and one man who were left behind were shot or burned to death in their homes.
The ruins of the town can be found in the Kula Forest in Israel. In 1992, The Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi described the site: "A forest covers much of the village site. The rubble of crumbled houses and terraces lies among the trees, and cactuses and fig, mulberry, and eucalyptus trees grow there as well. The only remaining landmark is the school, on the west side of the site. The hilly parts of the surrounding land are used for grazing animals; the rest of the land is cultivated.
- List of Arab towns and villages depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War
- List of villages depopulated during the Arab-Israeli conflict
- Palmer, 1881, p. 237
- Guérin, 1875, p. 390
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 30
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p.68
- Morris, 2004 p. xviii, village 211. Also gives cause of depopulation.
- "Welcome to Qula". Palestine Remembered. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Pringle 1986, pp. 21-22; Pringle 1997, p. 87. Cited in Petersen, 2001, p. 254
- Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 151. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 408
- Socin, 1879, p. 157
- Hartmann, 1883, p. 138, also noted 38 houses
- Conder and Kitchener, 1882, p. 297. Also quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p.408.
- “This village includes some well-built structures. There is a large building of small well-cut masonry of mediaeval appearance; the door on the south has a pointed arch and a tunnel vaulting. South of this is a square building, with walls 10 feet to 12 feet thick, and a staircase on one side leading to the roof ; the corner stones are large, drafted, and with a rustic boss; there are remains of a lofty doorway. This is called Burj Kuleh. There is a birkeh, about 20 feet square, and 6 feet or 8 feet deep, lined with good cement ; it is called Birket er Ribba. These remains have the appearance of Crusading work, and the name, Neby Yahyah, close by, points also to former Christian occupation of the place." In Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 358
- Petersen, 2001, p. 254
- Khalidi, 1992, p.408
- Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Ramleh, p. 22
- Mills, 1932, p. 22
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 116. Also cited in Khalidi, 1992, p409
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 166
- Susan Slyomovics: The Rape of Qula.p.43 in Sa'di, Abu-Lughod, 2007.
- Morris, Benny (2008). 1948:A History of the First Arab-Israeli War. Yale University Press. p. 293.
- Susan Slyomovics: The Rape of Qula.p.34 in Sa'di, Abu-Lughod, 2007.
- The Kula Forest and Lower Samaria
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 409
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- Welcome to Qula
- Qula, Zochrot
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 14: IAA, Wikimedia commons
- Qula, at Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
- Qala (webarchive), Qala Dr. Moslih Kanaaneh
- Being in Place, of Place, in Qula…. by Rula Awwad-Rafferty, August 2008, Zochrot
- Visit in Qula village, Report by Eitan Bronstein, 2008, Zochrot