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Dayr Tarif

Dayr Tarif
Also spelled Deir Tarif
Subdistrict Ramle

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Palestine grid 144/155
Population 2030 (1948)
Date of depopulation July 10, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces

Dayr Tarif was a Palestinian Arab village in the Ramle Subdistrict of Mandatory Palestine. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on July 10, 1948.

The Romans referred to Dayr Tarif as Bethariph.

Dayr Tarif was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on July 10, 1948 by the Ninth Commando Battalion of the Armored Brigade of Operation Dani. The village, with a population of 2,030, was defended by the Jordanian Army, but Dayr Tarif was mostly destroyed with the exception of its school, which was founded in 1920 and in 1947, it had an enrollment of 171 students. After it was conquered, the Palestinian population was expelled. The IDF asked for permission to destroy this village and a cluster of over a dozen others, after the commander Zvi Ayalon noted that they lacked sufficient manpower to occupy the area.[2]

A Polish aid worker who has worked in infrastructural aid programs to create cisterns in the Judaean Mountains for the Palestinian population, Kamil Qandil, is a descendant on his father's side of a family that suffered expulsion from this village. He has since been denied entry into Israel and the West Bank.[3]


  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xix, village #221. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  2. ^ Benny Morris,The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, Cambridge University Press, 2004, p. 354.
  3. ^ Amira Hass, "An anthropological experience in Israeli detention", Haaretz, 22 September 2013.



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