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Khirbat Karraza

Khirbat Karraza
Subdistrict Safad

32°54′40.94″N 35°33′49.59″E / 32.9113722°N 35.5637750°E / 32.9113722; 35.5637750Coordinates: 32°54′40.94″N 35°33′49.59″E / 32.9113722°N 35.5637750°E / 32.9113722; 35.5637750{{#coordinates:32|54|40.94|N|35|33|49.59|E|type:city_region:IL |primary |name=

Palestine grid 203/257
Date of depopulation May 4, 1948
Current localities Chorazin and Amnon

Khirbat Karraza 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 by the Palmach's First Battalion of Operation Yiftach. It was located 8.5 km southeast of Safad.


Khirbat Karraza was a Jewish town known as Chorazin in the first century CE. The town was partially destroyed in the 4th century, possibly as a result of an earthquake.[1]

Khirbat Karraza was populated by the Zanghariyya Bedouin tribe and the village contained a shrine for a local Muslim saint, al-Shaykh Ramadan. The villagers used to store grain close to the shrine, certain that nobody would steal it and thereby violate the sanctity of the shrine.[2]

The Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi described the place in 1992: "The site serves as an archaeological and tourist area. Some village houses still stand, together with the remains of other houses. One of the old houses has been renovated. Also remaining is the tomb of Shaykh Ramadan, around which the village shrine had been built. The tomb is collapsing and the building in which it was housed no longer exists. It is surrounded by large carob trees."[2]


  1. ^ Stemberger, 2000, p. 141-142.
  2. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p. 462



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