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Al-Na'ima

Al-Na'ima
Arabic الناعمة
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates

33°11′17.41″N 35°35′41.88″E / 33.1881694°N 35.5949667°E / 33.1881694; 35.5949667Coordinates: 33°11′17.41″N 35°35′41.88″E / 33.1881694°N 35.5949667°E / 33.1881694; 35.5949667{{#coordinates:33|11|17.41|N|35|35|41.88|E|type:city_region:IL |primary |name=

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Palestine grid 206/288
Population 1240 (1945)
Area 7155 dunams
Date of depopulation May 14, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Ne'ot Mordekhay, Kefar Blum, and Beyt Hillel

Al-Na'ima (Arabic: الناعمة ‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine located Script error: No such module "convert". northeast of Safad. The settlement was depopulated during the 1947-1948 civil war on May 14, 1948 by the Israeli Palmach's First Battalion as part of Operation Yiftach.

In 1945 it had a population of 1,240 of whom 210 were Jews.

History

Al-Na'ima was located on flat land to the north west of the al-Hula Plain. A road linked it to the village of al-Khalisa and to a highway leading to Safad and Tiberias. In 1944/45 a total of Script error: No such module "convert". were allocated to cereal farming with Script error: No such module "convert". irrigated or used for orchards.[2] A road linked the village to a highway leading to Safad and Tiberias. A shrine dedicated to local sage al-Shaykh al-Wayzi lay about Script error: No such module "convert". from the site as did a stone quarry.[2] The village also had a boys’ elementary school.

During the 1948 war, Al-Na’ima was depopulated during Operation Yiftach which targeted Safad and the surrounding district. When the city of Safad was finally attacked between the 10 and 11 May 1948, morale in the village was low; according to an Israeli intelligence report, many residents fled on 14 May shortly before advancing Israeli troops entered.[2]

The settlement of Ne’ot Mordekhay was built in 1946 to the south of the village while to the north is the settlement of Beyt Hillel, built in 1940. Kefar Blum, built in 1943 lies Script error: No such module "convert". to the southeast.[2]

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Al-Naima, 1946

References

  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #19. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  2. ^ a b c d Khalidi, 1992, p.482

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