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Welcome To al-Birwa - البروه (אל-בירוה)

District of Acre
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Birwa Village - Palestine: : Mahmoud Darwish's identity card that was originally issued by the Israeli authorities
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date June 11, 1948
Distance from district 10.5 (km) East of Acre
Elevation from the sea 60 (meters)
Map location See location #23 on the map

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Military Operation against town Operation Dekel
Defenders Local militia & Arab Liberation Army
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction al-Birwa was mostly destroyed with the exception of three houses, two shrines, and one of the village schools remain standing.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
al-Birwa inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 12,939
Jewish 546
Public 57
Total 13,542
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 1,548 16
Area planted w/ olives 1,200 0
Planted W/ Cereal 8,457 431
Built up 59 0
Cultivable 10,005 447
Non-Cultivable 2,932 99
Year Population
1596 121
19th century 900
1922 807
1931 996
1945 1,460
1948 1,694
Est. Refugees 1998 10,401
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 224
1948 380
Town's name through history The Crusades referred to al-Birwa by Broet.
Schools al-Birwa had two schools: the 1st school was an elementary school for boys founded by the Ottomans in 1888, and the 2nd was for girls which was founded in 1943 (one of the schools remains standing, but it requires serious renovations guys. Any volunteers!)
Notable people from town The famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who currently resides in Ramallah, occupied West Bank.
Religious institutions One mosque and one church.
Shrines/maqams Two shrines for local sages , and both shrines remain standing to this date.
Archeological sites Khirbat Tall Bir al-Gharbi to the west contains artifacts dating from 2300 to 900 B.C.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Kibbutz Yas'ur and Achihud.
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Status of The Village Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Three houses, two shrines, and a school remain. One of these shrines is made of stone and has a dome with a shallow curvature that spans the entire roof. The school's architecture is similar to that of Qula (see Quia, al-Ramla District). All of these landmarks stand deserted amid cactuses, weeds, and fig, olive, and mulberry trees. The debris of destroyed houses punctuates the vegetation. There are also some graves near the site that are in a state of neglect. Part of the site and the land are farmed by the residents of Achihud."

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jephrah - dubai
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مراد كيال كيال جديده
mamun nimer alkhaled Germany, germany
Amjad دندن West Bank, West Bank
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ahmad khaled khaled palestine, palestine
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JuberBas Abu Bassal Acre, Acre
khaled khaled - damascus, syria
hawash - syria, syria
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rahman - aleppo
Ghassan Eid Eid ACRE / KABUL, ACRE
ameer saad - Canada
qassem saad Saad Saida, Lebanon
Noura Dabdoub Dabdoub USA
njeeb deeb Ali Deeb -, -
tamer saad S3d -
Majed Dabdoub Dabdoub usa
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