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Arab al-'Arida

Arab al-'Arida
Arabic عرب العريضه
Also spelled Arab al-Areeda
Subdistrict Baysan

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Palestine grid 198/205
Population 150[1] (1945)
Area 2,280[1] dunams
2.3 km²
Date of depopulation May 20, 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Sde Eliyahu

Arab al-'Arida (Arabic: عرب العريضه‎) is a depopulated former Palestinian Arab village and Script error: No such module "convert". south of the city of Beit She'an. It is the site of the modern kibbutz Sde Eliyahu.[3]


It stood on the Tell al-Ru'yan and Tell al-Qurud sites.

In 1931 it had a population of 182.[4] In 1945 had a population of 150 and held 700 dunams of land.[5]

In 1944/45 a total of 600 dunums of village land was used for cereals.[3][6]

1948 and aftermath

It was captured by Israel's Golani Brigade during Operation Gideon on May 20, 1948.

Its Arab population fled upon the village's capture.

The settlement of Sde Eliyahu, established in 1939, is east of the village site on village land.[7] The Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, described the village remains in 1992: "No traces are left of the village. The whole village site is planted in wheat. The archaeological site, Tall al-Ru'yan, has been transformed into a garbage dump."[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b Hadawi, 1970, p.43
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii, village #130. Also gives cause of depopulation
  3. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p.40
  4. ^ 1931 census, vol. 1, p77
  5. ^ Village Statistics, 1945
  6. ^ Hadawi, 1970, p.84
  7. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p.41



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