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al-Sumayriyya السميريه - א-סומיריה -

District of Acre
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Sumayriyya Village - Palestine: : مسيرة العودة الى السميرية السبت 29/3/2008
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 14, 1948
Distance from district center 6 (km) North of Acre
Elevation from the sea 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #20 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Ben-Ami
Israeli attacking brigade Carmeli Brigade
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis al-Sumayriyya was mostly destroyed with the exception of its mosque.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Sumayriyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 7,935
Jewish 0
Public 607
Total 8,542
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 632
Irrigated & Plantation 354
Area planted w/ olives 200
Planted W/ Cereal 6,870
Built up 28
Cultivable 7,856
Non-Cultivable 658
before occupation
Year Population
19th century 200
1931 391
1945 760
1948 882
Est. Refugees 1998 5,414
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 92
1948 207
Town's name through history al-Sumayriyya may have been called Katasir during the Canaanite period. It's subsequent name was possibly derived from the one of the jewish sect of the Samartians, who were ethnically cleansed out of the Acre area by Ahmad Basha al-Jazzar in the late 18th Century. They moved to the Nablus district, now in the occupied West Bank, where they still live as Palestinian citizens with full rights. By the Crusaders, the village was called Someleria.
Schools al-Sumayriyya had an elementary school for boys, which was founded in 1943. In 1945, it had an enrollment of 60 students!
Religious institutions One mosque which remains to this date, however, it needs serious renovations guys!
Archeological sites Tall al-Sumayriyya contains carved stones, a mosaic floor, tombs, columns, and stone capitals. Khirbat Abu 'Ataba has an Islamic shrine and ceramic fragments.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands ha-Geta'ot and Shamrat
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"One room from the mosque, portions of a building, segments of walls and arches from fallen houses, and graves are all that remain of al-Sumayriyya. The remaining part of the mosque is a square stone building with a flat roof that is supported on girders and crossbeams."