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Suruh is located in Mandatory Palestine
Name meaningpersonal name, possibly from "to flow freely" (water) or "to pasture at large" (cattle)[1]
Coordinates33°05′06″N 35°17′35″E / 33.08500°N 35.29306°E / 33.08500; 35.29306Coordinates: 33°05′06″N 35°17′35″E / 33.08500°N 35.29306°E / 33.08500; 35.29306
Palestine grid177/276
Population1,000[2][3] (1945)
Area18,563 dunams
Date of depopulationearly November 1948[4][5]
Cause(s) of depopulationExpulsion by Yishuv forces
Current localitiesShomera,[6] Even Menachem,[6] Kefar Rosenwald,[6] Shtula[6]

Suruh (Arabic: سروح‎), was a Palestinian Arab hamlet, located 28.5 kilometers (17.7 mi) northeast of Acre. It became depopulated in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.


Suruh contained two khirbats ("sites of ruins") with a variety of ancient artifacts, including cisterns, and rock-hewn tombs.[7]

Ottoman era

A 1875 visitor, Victor Guérin, describes it as a ruin, which he called Khurbet Seroueh. Guérin noted; "These ruins cover the summit of the hill. At the highest point we observed the remains of a very ancient square tower, measuring fourteen paces on each side, the lower courses consisting of very large blocks, roughly squared and without cement. The interior is full of similar blocks, piled up in confusion, in the midst of which terebinths and pomegranates have taken root. Near this tower a few old houses served as an asylum to four families of Metawileh. On the lintel of the door of one of these houses a square cross inscribed in a circle can still be traced. The terraces of another house are supported in the interior by arched arcades in good cut stone of Roman, or at least Byzantine, date. There are also the remains of numerous houses which have been destroyed, a dozen cisterns cut in the rock, a column lying on the ground, and the fragment of a sarcophagus."[8]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Suruh as "a small village, containing about ninety Moslems, situated on a ridge, with olives and arable land round; there are three rock-cut cisterns.[9] The residents lived by agriculture and raising live-stock.[7]

British Mandate era

In the 1945 statistics the population Tarbikha, Al-Nabi Rubin and Suruh together was 1000 Muslims,[2] and they had a total of 18,563 dunams of land.[3] 619 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 3,204 used for cereals,[10] while 112 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[11]

1948, and aftermath

During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, the inhabitants of Suruh, the neighbouring hamlet of Nabi Rubin and the main village of Tarbikha, were given expulsion orders by Israeli forces.[5] A predominantly Sunni Muslim hamlet, Suruh and Nabi Rubin were satellite hamlets of Tarbikha, a largely Shi'ite village. Most of Suruh's inhabitants and those the neighbouring localities ended up leaving to Lebanon.[5]

In 1992 the village site was described: "Only rubble, trees, cactuses, shrubs, and weeds are visible. Most of the site is used for grazing."[6]

See also


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 54
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 5
  3. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 41
  4. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #67. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  5. ^ a b c Morris, 2004, p. 506
  6. ^ a b c d e Khalidi, 1992, p. 32
  7. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, pp. 31-32
  8. ^ Guerin, 1880, pp. 123- 124; as given in Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, pp. 192-193
  9. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 149
  10. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 81
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 131


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