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Arab al-Shamalina

Arab al-Shamalina
Arabic عرب الشمالنة
Subdistrict Safad

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Palestine grid 205/256
Population 650 (1945)
Date of depopulation May 4, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Secondary cause Expulsion by Yishuv forces
Current localities Almagor

Arab al-Shamalina (Arabic: عرب الشمالنة‎) also known as Khirbat Abu Zayna was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on May 4, 1948 under Operation Matate (Broom), a sub operation of Operation Yiftach. It was located 13 km southeast of Safad near the Jordan River.

In 1945 it had a population of 650.


The village was located north of the point where the Jordan River flowed into Lake Tiberias, west of the Syrian border. It overlooked the northernmost shoreline of the lake and a secondary road linked it to the village of al-Tabigha, also on the lake shore but to the southwest.[2] A highway that skirted the edge of the lake led to the city of Tiberias. The village was inhabited by the settled members of the ‘Arab al-Shamalina Bedouin tribe and several archaeological sites have been found in the vicinity.[2]

The area to the north of the village, along the river banks was widely used for the cultivation of citrus fruits and vegetables and the river and several springs provided the people for irrigation and for drinking water.[2] In 1944/45 a total of 3,842 dunums was allocated to cereals and 238 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards.[3]

1948 war and depopulation

Under Operation Mandate, a sub operation of Operation Yiftach, the village, along with others between Lake al-Hula and Lake Tiberias was depopulated by Israeli forces on 4 May 1948. Israeli historian Benny Morris, has documented that the village was given specific orders to be attacked and the houses destroyed and commenced with Palmach troops bombarding the area, causing the villagers to flee.[2]

The settlement of Almagor was established on village land, 2 km northwest of the village site in 1961.[2]


  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii village #77. Also gives causes of depopulation
  2. ^ a b c d e Khalidi, 1992, p.432-433.
  3. ^ Hadawi, 1970, p.118



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