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Although I live in Yehud, I am not knowledgeable enough to change the history outlined here, but do see a contradiction from material in the listing for Petah Tikva which says that the town of Yehud was founded by the original settlers of Petah Tikva:
"Originally intending to establish a new settlement in the Achor Valley, near Jericho, the pioneers purchased land in that area. However, Abdülhamid II cancelled the purchase and forbade them from settling there, but they retained the name Petah Tikva as a symbol of their aspirations.
Undaunted, the settlers purchased a modest area (3.40 square kilometers) from the village of Mulabbis (variants: Mlabbes, Um-Labbes), near the source of the Yarkon River. The Sultan allowed the enterprise to proceed, but because their purchase was located in what was a malarial swamp, they had to evacuate when the malaria spread, founding the town of Yehud near the Arabic village Yehudiyya about 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the south. With the financial help of Baron Edmond de Rothschild they were able to drain the swamps sufficiently to be able to move back in 1883, joined by immigrants of the First Aliyah, and later the Second Aliyah."
In the article, there is no mention of this:
"In later centuries Yehud became the Arab town of Al-Yehudiya (in literal Arabic: "place of the Jews"), also called Al-'Abbasiyya, but the Arab population left in its entirety during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The town was repopulated in the early 1950s by Ladino-speaking Jews of Turkish extraction and subsequently also by Jews from Bialystok, Poland and other parts of the Diaspora."
- Yes, it is a bit confusing. The Arab town of al-Yahudiya (also known as Al-'Abbasiyya) had been there for centuries and was entirely Arab in the early Mandate period. During the pre-1948 modern period, and this is a point that I have little precise information about, farming communities of Jews were formed nearby. British statistics show no Jews in 1931 and 150 in 1945 (compared to a total population of 5,800). After 1948 the vacated Arab town was populated with Jews and expanded into the Yehud of today. It is said that remains of al-Yadudiya can be still seen today in central Yehud (you might like to confirm this, and maybe give us a photo). In the Petah Tikva article, the early Zionist settlements near al-Yahudiya are called the beginnings of Yehud. This seems to me to be politics more than history, but I have little information about it and Petah Tikva gives no citations. Zerotalk 03:17, 28 May 2011 (UTC)