Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem

CHAPTER TWELVE — Part 4 of 4

12. JAFFA SUB-DISTRICT

Name of
village or town

1948 Arab Population
1948 Arab Housing
Arab Population
Expelled
Housing
Usurped or Destroyed

Abu Kishk

1,684

42 1

1,684

421

Beit Dajan

4,437

1,109

4,437

1,109

Biyar 'Adas

269

67

269

67

Fajja

1,182

296

1,182

296

Harm, El

523

131

523

131

Jaffa

74,681

18,670

71,894

18,023

Jaffa Suburbs

4,917

1,229

4,67 1

1,167

Jarnmasin el-Gharbiya

947

237

947

237

Jalil

5 10

128

510

128

Jarisha

306

77

306

77

Kafr 'Ana

3,050

763

3,050

763

Kheiriya, El

1,482

370

1,482

370

Mas'udiya, El

1,100

275

1,100

275

Mahrnudi ya

169

42

169

42

Rantiya

687

172

687

172

Safiriya, Es

3,412

853

3,412

853

Salama

6,173

1,543

6,173

1,543

Saqiya

1,109

277

1,109

277

Sheikh Muwannis, Esh

1,930

482

1,930

482

Sarona

875

219

875

219

Yazur

3,908

977

3,908

977

Yahudiya, El

5,448

1,362

5,448

1,362

118,112

29,702

114,284

28,992

 

13. RAMLE SUB-DISTRICT

Name of
village or town

1948 Arab Population
1948 Arab Housing
Arab Population
Expelled
Housing
Usurped or Destroyed

Abu Shusha

1,049

262

1,049

262

'Aqir

2,828

707

2,828

707

Barriya, El

649

162

649

162

Beit Jiz

620

155

620

155

Beit Nabala

2,940

735

2,940

735

Beit Nuba

1,579

395

1,579

395

'Ajanjul

32

8

32

8

Beit Susin

117

29

117

29

Bir Ma'in

594

148

594

148

Burj, El

619

155

619

155

Deir Muheisin

189

47

189

47

Deir Qaddis

615

154

615

154

Deir Tarif

2,084

521

2,084

521

Haditha, El

870

217

870

217

Idhnibba

577

144

577

144

'Innaba

1,898

475

1,898

475

Jilya

453a

113

453

113

Jimzu

1,808

452

1,808

452

Khmba

199

50

199

50

Kheima, El

236

59

236

59

Khirbat Beit Far

43

11

43

11

Khirbat el Qubeiba

1,336

334

1,336

334

Latmn

201

50

201

50

Lydda

18,767

4,692

18,767

4,692

Majdal Yaba

1,615

404

1,615

404

Mansura, El

102

26

102

26

Mukheizin, El

132

33

132

33

Muzeiri'a, El

1,304

326

1,304

326

Na'ana

1,910

477

1,910

477

Qazaza

1,085

271

1,085

271

Qubab, El

2,512

628

2,512

628

Qula

1,166

291

1,166

291

Ramle, Er

17,195

4,324

17,295

4,324

Sajad

502

125

502

125

Sarafand el 'Amar

1,978

495

1,978

475

Sarafand el Kharab

1,624

406

1,624

406

Seidun

291

73

291

73

Shahma

251

63

251

63

Shilta

37

9

37

9

Tina, Et

886

222

886

222

Tira, Et

1,492

373

1,492

373

Umm Kalkha

40

10

40

10

Wadi Hunein

468

117

468

117

Zarnuqa

3,264

816

3,264

816

Sautariya

2,617

654

2,617

654

80,874

20,218

80,874

20,218

 

14. BEERSHEBA SUB-DISTRICT

Name of
village or town

1948 Arab Population
1948 Arab Housing
Arab Population
Expelled
Housing
Usurped or Destroyed

'Auja, El-Hafir

48

12

48

12

Beersheba

4,930

1,233

4,930

1,233

Jmmamameh

10

3

1,

3

4,988

1,248

4,988

1,248

 

15. GAZA SUB-DISTRICT

Name of
village or town

1948 Arab Population
1948 Arab Housing
Arab Population
Expelled
Housing
Usurped or Destroyed

Barbara

2,585

646

2,585

646

Barqa

993

248

993

248

BataniGharbi

1,115

279

1,115

279

BataniSharqi

709

177

709

177

Beit'Affa

773

193

773

193

BeitDaras

3,017

754

3,017

754

BeitJirja

1,035

259

1,035

259

BeitTima

1,274

319

1,274

319

Bi'lin

212

53

212

53

Bureir

3,167

792

3,167

792

DeirSuneid

794

199

794

199

Dimra

542

135

542

135

Faluja,El

5,286

1,322

5,286

1,322

Hamama

5,694

1,424

5,694

1,424

Hatta

1,080

272

1,080

272

Hirbiya

2,542

635

2,542

635

Huj

1,033'

258

1,033'

258

Huleiqat

477

119

477

119

'Ibdis

711

178

711

178

'IraqelManshiya

2,253

563

2,253

563

'IraqSuweidan

736

184

736

184

Isdud

5,251

1,313

5,251

1,313

Jaladiya

381

95

381

95

Julis

1,141

285

1,141

285

Jura,El

2,933

733

2,933

733

Juseir

1,403

351

1,403

351

Karatiya

1.559

390

1.559

390

Kaufakha

530

133

530

133

Kaukaba

873

218

873

218

KhirbatKhisas

222

56

222

56

Majdal,El

10,412

2,603

10,412

2,603

MasmiyaelKabira,El

2,937

734

2,937

734

MasmiyaesSaghira,El

592

148

592

148

Muharraqa,El

706

176

706

176

Najd

706

176

706

176

Nazla

1,579

395

1,579

395

Ni'ilya

1,443

361

1,443

361

Qastina

992

248

992

248

SawafirelGharbiya,Es

1,209

302

1,209

302

SawafireshSharnaliya,Es

759

190

759

190

SawafireshSharqiya,Es

1,316

329

1,316

329

Summeil

1,157

289

1,157

289

Sumsum

1,430

357

1,430

357

TelletTurmus

843

211

843

211

Yasur

1,092

273

1,092

273

77,494

19,375

77,494

19,375

 

16. PALESTINE TOTALS

Sub-District

1948 Arab Population
1948 Arab Housing
Arab Population
Expelled
Housing
Usurped or Destroyed

Acre

64,437

16,107

49,012

12,250

Beisan

16,231

4,058

15,787

3,917

Nazareth

34,293

8,574

15,454

3,854

Safad

52,528

13,132

52,035

12,906

Tiberias

25,544

6,505

23,970

6,282

Haifa

93,664

23,404

90,047

22,511

Jenin

11,450

2,861

6,837

1,712

Nablus

2,953

738

1,592

398

Tulkarm

13,424

3,466

11,966

2,994

Hebron

25,760

6,442

25,760

6,442

Jerusalem

93,246

23,48

60,936

15,233

Jaffa

118,112

29,702

114,284

28,992

Ramleh

80,874

20,218

80,874

20,218

Beersheba

4,988

1,248

4,988

1,248

Gaza

77,494

19,375

77,494

19,375

 

714,998

179,316

631,036

158,332

 

The magnitude of the looting, pillaging and plundering perpetrated by the Zionists is almost beyond one's ability to comprehend. They descended upon the Palestinian Arabs' homes, shops, farms and factories, destroying in months a sophisticated infrastructure that had taken many generations of Palestinians to build. The usurpation and destruction of Palestinian Arab houses and apartments was almost always accompanied by the looting and plundering of all their furniture and household goods.

According to the Summary in Table 16 above, Arab houses and apartments which existed in the areas of the Sub-Districts which were occupied in 1948 by the Zionists totaled 179,316. Out of these housing units, the Zionists usurped or wantonly destroyed 158,332. The Zionists usurped 95% of Arab houses and apartments in the cities and towns of Acre, Beisan, Safad, Tiberias, Haifa, Jaffa, Ramle, Lydda, Beersheba and the New City of Jerusalem and used them for the settlement of Jews. The Palestinian houses in small towns, villages and Bedouin localities were either completely destroyed or partly destroyed and the small towns and villages were converted into Jewish colonies for settling Jews.

The Custodian of Enemy Property appointed by the Provisional Government of Israel took possession of the apartments and houses which had not been destroyed and settled in them Jews from other areas or Jewish immigrants who came to Palestine after the occupation. Many of the houses of affluent Arab owners were usurped by top Zionist leaders.

The above-mentioned facts of looting, pillaging and plundering prove beyond any doubt that the Zionist State was established on usurped Arab lands. Zionists were housed in usurped Arab houses and apartments. The Zionists enriched themselves by taking possession of all Arab lands including orange groves, fruit orchards, fields, livestock and farm tools and equipment, by taking possession of all goods, merchandise and fixtures in Arab shops and warehouses, by taking possession of all equipment, machinery, raw materials and finished goods in Arab factories, and by usurping all Palestinian commercial buildings in twelve cities and 492 towns and villages which they occupied and pillaging all their contents. They further enriched themselves by taking possession of Arab furniture and household goods, clothing and jewelry, and many of them robbed the refugees they expelled.

The Zionists, in other words, completely robbed the Palestinians in 80% of Palestine of their entire real and movable property. They made the Palestinians, who were once a prosperous nation, a destitute, refugee nation in exile, thereby committing the crime of genocide in addition to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

NOTES TO CHAPTER TWELVE

1. Tom Segev, 1949 The First Israelis (New York: The Free Press, 1986), p. 83.

2. Benny Morris, "Operation Dani and the Palestinian Exodus from Lydda and Ramle in 1948," The Middle East Journal volume 40, No. 1, Winter 1986, pp. 97-98.

3. Ibid., p. 98.

4. Ibid., p. 107.

5. Ibid.

6. Knesset Record, volume 3, November 22, 1949, p. 156.

7. Don Peretz, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs (Washington, D.C.: The Middle East Institute, 1958), p. 148.

8. United Nations Document A/SPC/PV 509, November 11, 1966.

9. Joachim C. Fest, The Face of the Third Reich (New York: Pantheon Books, 1970), p. 219.

10. Segev, 1949 The First Israelis, p. 26.

11. State Archives, Prime Minister's Office, 5431117.

12. United Nations Document A/648, 16 September 1948.

13. Larry Collins and Dominique Pierre, 0 Jerusalem! (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972), pp. 461-462.

14. Ibid., p. 462.

15. Minutes of the MAPAI Secretariat, August 1, 1949, Labor

Party Archives. 16. Segev, pp. 70-71.

17. Ibid, p. 71.

18. Government of Israel Yearbook, 195 1- 1952, p. 84.

19. Peretz, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, p. 143.

20. Government of Israel Yearbook 1953-54.

21. Ibid.

22. Knesset Record, volume 3, November 14, 1949, p. 37.

23. Custodian's Report, State Archives, Prime Minister's Office, 210105 5400lC.

24. Segev, p. 76.

25. Cizling to Ben-Gurion, June 16, 1948, State Archives, Foreign Ministry, 240112 1/A.

26. Custodian's Report, State Archives, Prime Minister's Office, 210105, Custodian 5440lC.

27. Roberta Strauss Feurlicht, The Fate of the Jews (New York: Times Books, 1983), p. 248.

28. Dov Shafrir's Report, State Archives, Prime Minister's Office, 210105, Custodian 5440/C.

29. Segev, pp. 76-77.

30. Ibid, p. 78.

31. Ibid.

32. Ian Lustick, Arabs in the Jewish State (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980), p. 59.

33. Segev, p. 86.

34. Ibid., p. 74.

35. Ibid., p. 79.

36. Davar, October 27, 1950.

37. Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin, editors, The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict (New York: Penguin Books, 1984), p. 127.

38. Ibid.,pp. 118-121.

39. Lustick, Arabs in the Jewish State, p. 5 1.

40. Segev, p. 80.

41. Feurlicht, The Fate of the Jews, p. 245.

42. Custodian to Finance Minister, 2.1 1.5 1 ., State Archives, Foreign Ministry, Custodian Council, 1949-53,5431119 as quoted by Segev, p. 82.

43. Lustick, p. 57.

44. Ibid., p. 58.

45. Ibid., p. 5 1 .

46. Naim Makhoul, "The Arab Village in Israel," Ner 9, Nos. 8- 9, May-June, 1958, p. 48, cited in Lustick, p. 13.

47. Elia T. Zureik, The Palestinians in Israel (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979), pp 118-1 19.

48. Knesset Record, volume 3, p, 144, 1 1.22.49 as cited by Segev, p. 81.

 

 

 

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