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District of Acre
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Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 14, 1948
Distance from district center 19 (km) North of Acre
Elevation from the sea 65 (meters)
Map location See location number #1 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Ben-Ami
Village defenders Village militiamen and possibly some ALA.
Israeli acts of terror See Stories & Memories section for an eye witness account of a cold blooded execution style murder by the Haganah.
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
al-Bassa was mostly destroyed with the exception of few houses, the church, and a Muslim shrine.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
All remaining residents of al-Bassa inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed on May 27th, 1949, who mostly were pushed north towards Lebanon. However, few were ethnically cleansed to Arab Nazareth (see Stories & Memories section for more details).
Terminating refugee camps al-Bassa inhabitants were mostly concentrated in Dbyha refugee camp nearby Junyah, Lebanon. However, at the outbreak of the civil war in 1975, this camp was mostly ethnically cleansed by the Maronites Militias.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 25,258
Jewish 4,178
Public 99
Total 29,535
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 614 0
Irrigated & Plantation 4,699 76
Area planted w/ olives 3,500 0
Planted W/ Cereal 10,437 1,197
Built up 132 0
Cultivable 15,750 1,273
Non-Cultivable 9,475 2,905
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1596 572
19th century 1,050
1914 1,720
1931 1,948
1945 3,100 (150 Jewish)
1948 3,422
Est. Refugees 1998 21,015
Number of houses In (1931): 479, and in (1948): 700
Town's name through history The Canaanites referred to al-Bassa by Bissah (meaning swamp), the Romans called it as Bezeth, and soon after the Crusades defeat in the 13th century the village was known by 'Ayn al-Bassa.
Schools The village had a public elementary school for boys (built by the Ottomans in 1882), a private secondary school, and a public elementary school for girls.
Local council In 1922, the people of al-Bassa founded a local council which was responsible for managing its local affairs.
Religious institutions Two mosques and two churches (one of the churches remains standing, but it needs renovations guys)
Shrines/maqams al-Bassa had several shrines, some were holy for Muslims (one shrine remain standing), some were for Christians, and two other shrines were considered holy by both groups.
Water supplies The village local council constructed a water network that secured potable water for the village homes.
Archeological sites al-Bassa contains an ancient Christian burial place and 18 other archeological sites.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands A military airport, Kefar Ro'sh ha-Niqra, Leman, Shelomi, Matzuva, Betset, & Khanita.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Only two of the main buildings of the village, a Greek Catholic church and a Muslim shrine, are extant. The church, made of stone, is rich in architectural features. This church is now collapsing on one side and its walls are cracking. The Muslim shrine is domed and stands deserted in the midst of many trees, including two palms. A number of village houses remain, some occupied by Israelis. One of them is a large two storey building that has both rectangular and arched doors and windows."

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