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District of Jinin
زرعين - זירעין
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 28, 1948
Distance from district center 11 (km) North of Jinin
Elevation from the sea 100 (meters)
Map location See location number #3 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Gideon
Israeli attacking brigade Fourth Battalion of the Golani Brigade
Village defenders Iraqi army units and some Palestinian and some ALA volunteers.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
Zir'in was mostly destroyed with the exception of one deserted village house.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Zir'in inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 22,034
Jewish 1,711
Public 175
Total 23,920
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Planted W/ Cereal 20,964 1,633
Built up 81 0
Cultivable 20,964 1,633
Non-Cultivable 1,164 78
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1596 22
1922 722
1931 978
1945 1,420
1948 1,647
Est. Refugees 1998 10,116
Number of houses In the 19th century: 20-30 houses, and in (1931): 239 houses.
Town's name through history The Canaanites referred to the village by Yizre'el, and the Crusader called it Le Petit Gerin.
Schools Zir'in had one school for boys which was founded during Ottoman period.
Notable people from town The village was the hometown of Mahmud Salim, one of the leaders of the 1936 intifada.
Religious institutions Zir'in had a Mosque which was renovated by al-Zahir Baybars soon after the battle of 'Ayn Jalut.
Nearby wadies & rivers The village northern and eastern sides slopes toward Wadi al-Jalud.
Archeological sites Next to the village, the Egyptian Mamluks triumphed over the Mongols in the decisive battle of 'Ayn Jalut.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Avital and Yizre'el
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Only one (dilapidated) building remains. The site is overgrown with grass, thorns, and cactuses, interspersed with prominent piles of stones. An Israeli memorial has been erected on the site and is surrounded by trees. One old well remains

Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
عدنان زرعيني احمد اربد
أحمد الشلبي الشلبي عمان, الأردن
Abdalla Fayed فايد جنين
محمد احمد جبر جبر -
Raed Al-Haj Ibrahim Al-Haj Ibrahim JORDAN, JORDAN
saleh al haj ibrahim al haj ibrahim irbid, jordan
علي محمد حسين العموري - -
imad awwad - -
MOH"D FAYED فايد/زرعيني الكويت, جنين
mutaz sous SOUS DAMMAM
palestinelover jabr\alzer3ine al yadodeh, jordan
Ghassan Matahen Matahen -
abunada AbuNada جنين, الاردن
Ahmad Amin Mohammed Zureiqi Zureiqi Amman, Jordan
JeninHeart al-Hajj Ibrahim Egypt
Saad Nafea Haj Ibrahim Kuwait
Mohamed Fayed Fayed Palestine
Ahmad Yaghi Yaghi -
Taysir Baklizi Baklizi -
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