Saydun

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Saydun
Saydun is located in Mandatory Palestine
Saydun
Saydun
Arabic صيدون
Name meaning from Zidon[1]
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°50′28″N 34°54′17″E / 31.84111°N 34.90472°E / 31.84111; 34.90472Coordinates: 31°50′28″N 34°54′17″E / 31.84111°N 34.90472°E / 31.84111; 34.90472
Palestine grid 141/138
Population 210[2][3] (1945)
Date of depopulation not known[4]

Saydun (Arabic: صيدون‎‎) was a Palestinian village in the Ramle Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine. It was depopulated during the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on April 6, 1948 during Operation Nachshon. It was located 9 km south of Ramla on the east bank of Wadi Saydun.

History[edit]

In 1838, it was noted as a large village[5] whose inhabitants were Muslim.[6]

In 1863 Victor Guérin found it to have about 200 inhabitants,[7] while an Ottoman village list from about 1870 counted 35 houses and a population of 148, though the population count included men, only.[8][9]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described the place as: "a small village of the same class" (as Shahma).[10]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Saidum had a population of 124 inhabitants, all Muslims,[11] increasing in the 1931 census to 174, still all Muslims, in a total of 35 houses.[12]

In 1944/45 the village had a population of 210 Muslims[2] with a total of 7,487 dunums of land.[3] 49 dunums of land was used for plantations and irrigable land, 5,247 dunums were used for cereals,[13] while 15 dunams were classified as built-up public areas.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 274
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 30
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 68
  4. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xix, village #259. Gives both date and cause of depopulation as "Not known"
  5. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 21
  6. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, Appendix 2, p. 120
  7. ^ Guérin, 1869 p. 33
  8. ^ Socin, 1879, p. 159
  9. ^ Hartmann, 1883, p. 140 noted 30 houses
  10. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 408
  11. ^ Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Ramleh, p. 21
  12. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 23.
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 117
  14. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 167

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