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District of Safad
عين الزيتون - עין א-זיתון
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 2, 1948
Distance from district center 1.5 (km) North East of Safad
Elevation from the sea 700 (meters)
Map location See location number #61 on the map
Israeli acts of terror

During the battle the majority of the male inhabitants fled the town, and soon after occupation the remaining 'Ayn al-Zaytun women, children, and senior citizens were rounded by the Palmah troops and then ethnically cleansed with shots fired over their heads to speed their evection from their homes. On the 3rd of May, some of the village inhabitants attempted to come back to their homes, but they were fired upon and one person was killed (Benny Morris, p. 102).

Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
On May 3rd 1948, the village was mostly destroyed with the exception of few deserted house.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
'Ayn al-Zaytun inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 1,054
Jewish 0
Public 46
Total 1,100
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 477
Area planted w/ olives 150
Planted W/ Cereal 280
Built up 35
Cultivable 757
Non-Cultivable 308
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1596 622
19th century 200
1922 386
1931 567
1945 820
1948 951
Est. Refugees 1998 5,841
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 127
1948 213
Nearby wadies & rivers The village was situated on the western slopes of Wadi al-Dilb
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands No settlements on village lands
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, all that remains of the village:
The rubble of destroyed stone houses is scattered throughout the site, which is otherwise overgrown with olive trees and cactuses. A few deserted houses remain, some with round arched entrances and tall windows with various arched designs. In one of the remaining houses, the smooth stone above the entrance arch is inscribed with Arabic calligraphy, a fixture of Palestinian architecture. The well and the village spring also remain

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