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Welcome To Jilya
District of al-Ramla
جِليا - ג'יליא
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 9, 1948
Distance from district center 17 (km) South of al-Ramla
Elevation from the sea 125 (meters)
Map location See location number #55 on the map
Israeli military operation First stage of the operation Dani
Israeli attacking brigade Giv'ati Brigade
Village defenders Egyptian Army and some Palestinian militia
Refugees' migration route Most villagers sought refuge in the Hebron area.
Exodus Cause Influence of fall of, or exoduce from, neighboring town
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
Jilya was mostly destroyed and defaced.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Jilya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 10,345
Jewish 0
Public 2
Total 10,347
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 40
Area planted w/ olives 40
Planted W/ Cereal 7,677
Built up 7
Cultivable 7,717
Non-Cultivable 2,623
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1596 94
1922 269
1931 271
1945 330
1948 383
Est. Refugees 1998 2,351
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 63
1948 89
Town's name through history The Romans referred to Jilya by Galla, and the Philistines called it Ekron (currently known by Khirbat al-Muqanna').
Schools An elementary school was shared with the nearby villages of Qazaza and Sajad.
Water supplies Water was drawn from several wells to the North and West of the village center.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands No Israeli settlements on village lands.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi:
The area is fenced in and inaccessible

Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
محمود رحال رحال المدينة المنورة
أبو إيهاب ابو أسعد تبوك/ السعودية
هيثم ( ابو لين ) AlSowi -
sami sowi الصوي AL-Jubail, Saudi Arabia
جبرين منصور منصور الرياض, السعوديه
Abrar sowi sowi Zarqa, jordan
جلال نبتيتي نبتيتي بيت لحم, فلسطين
نادر علوه - Bethlehem, Palestine
Fathi Al Jilawi Al Jilawi Doha, Qatar
abdullah haymour - -
sowi_fashion@yahoo.com SOWI AMMAN, JORDAN
Khalid Elolaimi Elolaimi USA
Issa Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Russaifa, Jordan
Mohmoud Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Russaifa, Jordan
Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Jarash, Jordan
Khader Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Russaifa, Jordan
Fatma Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Russaifa, Jordan
Mousa Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Russaifa, Jordan
Imad Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Russaifa, Jordan
Omar Hassan Omar Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Jarash, Jordan
Abdelfattah Khalil Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Jarash, Jordan
Iman Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Al-khalil, Palestine
Mohammad Abdel-Aziz Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Amman, Jordan
Ali Yousuf Hossein Al Suwi Suwi Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Wife of Ali Yousuf Al Suwi Suwi Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Hassan Omar Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Jarash, Jordan
Muna Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Amman, Jordan
Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Suwi Al-Suwi Wilaya of Algiers, Algeria
abdula haymour - rusayfa, rusayfa
Abdallah Wadi WADI U.S.A.
Marwan Suwi Al-Suwi Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
nasser darwish bydgoszcz, poland
Mohammad Nabtiti Nabtiti Germany, Germany
saadi suwi Al-Suwi riyadh, saudi arabia
Mohammed Haymour Haymour Qatar
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