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Welcome To al-Tira
District of Baysan
الطيرة/المرج/الزعبية - א-טירה
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 15, 1948
Distance from district center 17.5 (km) North of Baysan
Elevation from the sea 125 (meters)
Map location See location number #2 on the map
Exodus Cause Haganah 'Wispering' campaign (psychological warfare)
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
al-Tira was completely destroyed and defaced.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis

On 26th of March 1948, the village was ethnically cleansed based on the orders of Yosef Weitz (a Jewish National Fund official). Weitz wrote in his diary about the inhabitants of Qumya and al-Tira in the Baysan valley:
Not taking upon themselves the responsibility of preventing the infiltration of irregulars .... They must be forced to leave their villages until peace comes.

Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 4,463
Jewish 2,604
Public 3,140
Total 10,207
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 56 0
Planted W/ Cereal 4,624 2,603
Built up 29 1
Cultivable 4,680 2,603
Non-Cultivable 2,894 0
before occupation
Year Population
1922 130
1931 108
1945 200 (50 Jewish)
1948 174
Est. Refugees 1998 1,069
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 24
1948 38
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known as al-Shaykh Dhiyab.
Nearby wadies & rivers The village overlooks Wadi al-Bira.
Water supplies 'Ayn al-Bayda was the main source of drinking water for al-Tira inhabitants.
Archeological sites al-Tira has a khirba which contains ancient ruins, inhabited caves and cisterns.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Kibbutz Gazit, Kefar Qish, & Ma'dharare
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"The ruins of stone houses, covered with grass and thorns, are all that remain of al-Tira"


Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
بنت الوطن - -
eyad قريص -
سيرين محمد علي زعبي - -
أحفاد عبد الله يونس الناطور اربد, JORDAN
edimido natour Irbid, Jordan
Ahmad Al-Natour Al Natour -
Mahmoud Qreis Qurreis -
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