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District of Acre
المنشية - אל-מנשיה
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 14, 1948
Distance from district center 2 (km) Northeast of Acre
Elevation from the sea less than 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #21 on the map
Israeli military operation First stage of operation Ben-Ami
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
On June 16th, 1948, al-Manshiyya was completely destroyed with the exception of the Baha'i shrine, the village mosque, the Islamic school for orphans, and a handful of old houses remain intact!
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
al-Manshiyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 12,522
Jewish 1,895
Public 469
Total 14,886
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 253 0
Irrigated & Plantation 619 2
Area planted w/ olives 2 0
Planted W/ Cereal 10,823 1,793
Built up 27 0
Cultivable 11,695 1,795
Non-Cultivable 1,269 100
before occupation
Year Population
19th century 150
1922 371
1931 460
1945 1,080 (270 Jewish)
1948 940
Est. Refugees 1998 5,770
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 132
1948 269
Inhabitants place of origin The villagers believed that al-Manshiyya was established in the aftermath of the Crusades, and that the original inhabitants were brought by the Mameluks from North Africa to repopulate the area.
Religious institutions al-Manshiyya had an Islamic orphanage and a mosque known by the mosque of Abu 'Atiyya ( remains standing, but it requires renovations guys!).
Shrines/maqams A shrine for Baha' Allah, who was the founder of the Baha'i religious sect.
Archeological sites The village contains an ancient burial ground and the foundation of old 'Akka (Acre) in Tel al-Fukhkhar.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Shamrat and Bustan ha-Galil
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"The Baha'i shrine, the mosque, the Islamic school for orphans, and a few houses still stand; the rest of the village is gone. The shrine is a handsome, domed structure, the front wall and arched entrance of which are framed by prominent stone pillars. The mosque, a stone structure with a dome and vaulted ceilings, has been turned into a private home for a Jewish family. The former Islamic school for orphans is also inhabited. The al-Basha water canal, built with stone blocks, still exists, but is not functioning; the same is also true of an aqueduct."

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