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District of Acre
خربة جدّين - ח'ירבת ג'דין
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Israeli occupation date July 1, 1948
Distance from district center 16 (km) Northeast of Acre
Elevation from the sea 375 (meters)
Map location See location number #16 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Dekel
Israeli attacking brigade Sheva' (Seventh) and Carmeli brigades
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
Khirbat Jiddina was mostly destroyed with the exception of the Crusades fortress, which has been preserved as a tourist attraction.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Jiddin, Khirbat inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 4,238
Jewish 3,349
Public 0
Total 7,587
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Planted W/ Cereal 22 32
Cultivable 22 32
Non-Cultivable 4,216 3,317
before occupation
Year Population
1945 1,500
1948 1,740
Est. Refugees 1998 10,685
Town's name through history The Crusades referred to Khirbat Jiddina by Judyn.
Inhabitants place of origin Until occupation by the Israelis in 48, 'Arab al-Suwaytat Bedouin tribe used to live in the ruined fortress.
Archeological sites The village contains a fortress built in the 12th century by the Crusades, which was later destroyed by Saladin. In 1780 it was repaired by al-Thahur al-Omar (The 1st independent Palestinian learder).
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Yechi'am, Qiryat, and Ga'ton.
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According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"The fortress has been preserved as a tourist attraction."


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