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List of Arab towns and villages depopulated during the 1948 Palestinian exodus

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Title: List of Arab towns and villages depopulated during the 1948 Palestinian exodus  
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Subject: 1948 Palestinian exodus, Palestinians, Nakba Day, 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Deir Yassin massacre
Collection: 1947 in Mandatory Palestine, 1948 Arab–israeli War, 1948 in All-Palestine (Gaza), 1948 in Asia, 1948 in Israel, 1948 in Mandatory Palestine, 1948 Palestinian Exodus, 1949 in Israel, Arab Villages Depopulated During the 1948 Arab–israeli War, Depopulated Places in the Land of Israel, Israeli–palestinian Conflict-Related Lists, Lists of Populated Places, Lists of Populated Places in Israel, Military Operations of the Israeli–palestinian Conflict, Palestinian Diaspora, Palestinian Refugees, Zionist Political Violence
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List of Arab towns and villages depopulated during the 1948 Palestinian exodus

Around 400 Arab towns and villages were depopulated during the 1948 Palestinian exodus. Some places were entirely destroyed and left uninhabitable;[1][2] others were left with a few hundred residents and were repopulated by Jewish immigrants, then renamed.

Those areas that became a part of Israel and had at least a partial Arab population consisted of approximately 100 villages and two towns. Arabs remained in small numbers in some of the cities (Haifa, Jaffa and Acre); and Jerusalem was divided between Jordan and Israel. Around 30,000 Palestinians remained in Jerusalem in what became the Arab part of it (East Jerusalem). In addition, some 30,000 non-Jewish refugees relocated to East Jerusalem, while 5,000 Jewish refugees moved from the Old City to West Jerusalem on the Israeli side. An overwhelming number of the Arab residents, and other non-Jews such as Greeks and Armenians, who had lived in the cities that became a part of Israel and were renamed (Acre, Haifa, Safad, Tiberias, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Jaffa and Beisan) fled or were expelled. Most of the Palestinians who remain there are internally displaced people from the villages nearby.[3]

There are more than 120 "village memorial books" documenting the history of the depopulated Palestinian villages. These books are based on accounts given by villagers. Rochelle A. Davis has described the authors as seeking "to pass on information about their villages and their values to coming generations".[4]

The towns and villages listed below are arranged according to the subdistricts of Mandatory Palestine they were situated in.


  • Towns and cities 1
  • Villages 2
    • Acre Subdistrict 2.1
    • Beersheba Subdistrict 2.2
    • Beisan Subdistrict 2.3
    • Gaza Subdistrict 2.4
    • Haifa Subdistrict 2.5
    • Hebron Subdistrict 2.6
    • Jaffa Subdistrict 2.7
    • Jenin Subdistrict 2.8
    • Jerusalem Subdistrict 2.9
    • Nazareth Subdistrict 2.10
    • Ramle Subdistrict 2.11
    • Safad Subdistrict 2.12
    • Tiberias Subdistrict 2.13
    • Tulkarm Subdistrict 2.14
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Towns and cities


Acre Subdistrict

Beersheba Subdistrict

Beisan Subdistrict

Gaza Subdistrict

Haifa Subdistrict

Hebron Subdistrict

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