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لفتا - ליפתא
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date January 1, 1948
Distance from district center 5 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 675 (meters)
Map location See location number #4 on the map
Israeli acts of terror Six people were gunned down on the 28th December 1947 when Jewish terrorists (probably from Begin's IZL or the Stern gang) shot them in the village coffee house.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
Lifta was mostly destroyed with the exception of few deserted houses (including the village mosque and its club) and some houses are used by homeless and hippie Israelis, see Pictures section for details.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Soon after the terror act on Lifta's coffee house, its population was terrorized repeatedly into leaving by Menachem Begin's IZL and Yitzhak Shamir's Stern terror gangs. By February 1948, the village was completely emptied and all of its inhabitants were trucked to East Jerusalem.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 7,780
Jewish 756
Public 207
Total 8,743
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ olives 1,044 0
Planted W/ Cereal 3,248 288
Built up 324 102
Cultivable 3,248 288
Non-Cultivable 4,415 366
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1596 396
1922 1,451
1931 1,893
1945 2,550
1948 2,958
Est. Refugees 1998 18,165
Number of houses In (1931): 410 (includes Schneller's Quarter)
Town's name through history During the Biblical and Roman periods, Lifta was known by Nephtoah, the Byzantines called it Nephtho, and the Crusades referred to Lifta with Clepsta.
Schools Lifta had two elementary schools, one was for boys and the other for girls.
Notable people from town In 1834, Lifta was the site of a battle in which the Egyptian army under Ibrahim Pasha (the son of Muhammad Ali) defeated local rebels led by a prominent local ruler, al-Shaykh Qasim al-Ahmad.
Religious institutions One mosque (remain standing)
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known by al-Shaykh Badr.
Nearby wadies & rivers The village overlooks Wadi Salman, also Wadi al-Shami was used for agriculture and providing irrigation water.
Water supplies Lifta's drinking water was drawn from a spring in Wadi al-Shami, see Pictures section for details.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Currently, it is the suburbs of West Jerusalem.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Most of the houses remaining on the site are deserted, although some have been restored for the use of Jewish families. A basin that had been built around the spring in Wadi al-Shami lies in ruins. The mosque and the village club are still visible, north of the spring. Adjacent to the mosque, on the western side, is a cemetery covered with bushes and wild grass

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yasmeen joudeh alayada Amman
ward joudah alayada Amman
shada joudah alayadah amman
Rana Awwad ALayadah AMMAN
sakher - JORDAN, amman
layth siam - amman, jordan
الجبلي - -
عبدالرحمن عزام سبيتان سعد/حسن عمان, الاردن
Ayed Abusaad - -
Nijmeh AlQam Amman, Jordan
ابوعلي عوده -
salim naser alfar/zeyadeh/alsafran il, usa
رفيدة حسين - syria
نسرين ريّان - -
عزالدين عزام سبيتان سعد / فخذ حسن السعودية, الرياض - السعودية
ahmad s shannak الغبن oh, oh
محمد عبد السلام جابر جبران عمان - الأردن , الأردن
Amer Abusaad - Texas, USA
AMER saad Texas, USA
النجار العيدة الرياض, السعودية
nagham abu-leil العيدة -
Ayan ,Denan,Ahmed Khalaf Saad Doha
Luay Khalaf سعد Doha
MOHAMMAD MA'ALI معالي السعودية
Derar Hamoudeh Moqbel NY, USA
Mohamed Ahmad Liftawi - Doha, Qatar
Tamara Saleh - -
Lara Saleh - -
Firas Saleh - -
Tamer Saleh - -
Yara Saleh - -
لفتا فرحان الخبر, السعودية
يزيد حموده حموده رام الله, دير دبوان
Mohammad Shehadeh Sofran Amman, Jordan
Bilal Moussa Shannak Ghaban al-khobar, Saudi Arabia
Amani Moussa Shannak Ghaban Illinois, USA
Jacob Saleh Saa'd Amman, Jordan
mohamed hmidan homidan carabobo, valencia
zeneh alsufran peru, peru
Amjad Abusaad - القدس
bassle الصفران amman, jordan
Zein GHABEN Abu Dhabi, UAE
Hasan Issa Sofran Kuwait
Deya Ghabayen Ghabayen California, USA
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Hassan Al-Dahin AL-DAHIN / MOQBEL ESTREN PROVICE, SAUDI ARABIA
مـــوســى عــيــد عـــيــد Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
SALEEM EASA SALEEM FARHAN FARHAN AMMAN, JORDAN
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Anas Abu Leil العيدة Palestine-Jerusalem
Haneen Awwad Alayadah USA
Kareem Awwad Alayadah -
MALIK AHMAD KASSIM Saad Kansas, USA
jamal abutaa - Lagrave, France
MAYSA - -
رنا عمران الطرشه سعد -
MOH-D BADER غبن الاردن
مودي مقبل amman, jordan
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رندة سمير شكري أسعد أسعد OH, USA
Mohammed Aqel عقل Amman, Jordan
Nader Adawiya Meqbel Amman, Jordan
BASHIR AWWAD AL AYADAH EDMONTON, CANADA
Rafat Shannak geban amman, Jordan
Ahmad Abutaa meqbel dubai, u.a.e
Emad Salameh Sa'ed -
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SAAD ABOU SAKHER ( ABOU ZAYED 0 MUKBEL RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
Abou-Zayed MEQBEL Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
خليلية خليلية جبع
essam nassar saad -
Mustafa Awwad Ayadah Amman, Jordan
HUSSEIN-FARES ABUTAA - N.C, U S A
Sa'ed Shannak Gaben Amman, Jordan
Adnan D. Khalil Sa'ad Amman, Jordan
Ayman Khalaf Sa'ad - Khalaf -
AHMAD OMAR ghaben nj, United States
Rabie Rabie Sofran Palestine, +970(02)2985539
Abu Muhammad Mukbel Amman, Jordan
nasser ayadeh byader wadi sser, jordan
mah d - jordan, jordan
ابو غالب الحمارشه jinen, jinen
Nadia AL Liftawi - California, U.S.A
Nabil Lifta -
ABLA ALHAJ OMAR GHABIN michigan, usa
Rasmyah Hammoudeh Hammoudeh CA, USA
Kamal Majed Shannak Lifta -
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NASSIR SHANNAK Ghaben JORDAN, JORDAN
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lamoush - amman
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