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District of Baysan
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Israeli occupation date May 16, 1948
Distance from district center 11 (km) North of Baysan
Elevation from the sea 300 (meters)
Map location See location number #6 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Gideon
Israeli attacking brigade Third Battalion of the Golani Brigade
Defenders Iraqi Army
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis In September 1948, Kawkab al-Hawa was completely obliterated.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Kawkab al-Hawa inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 6,125
Jewish 0
Public 3,824
Total 9,949
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 170
Area planted w/ olives 600
Planted W/ Cereal 5,851
Built up 56
Cultivable 6,021
Non-Cultivable 3,872
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1922 167
1931 220
1945 300
1948 348
Est. Refugees 1998 2,137
Number of houses In (1931): 46 (mentioned under Kaukab)
Town's name through history The ancient Egyptians referred to Kawkab al-Hawa by Yarmuta.
Water supplies The village contains two springs:- 'Ayn al-Hiluw and 'Ayn al-Jirani which used to supply it with drinking water.
Archeological sites Kawkab al-Hawa contains a Crusaders fortress, Egyptian stele, and possibly a Roman signal tower too.
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 village remaining structures on the village land are:
"The village has been eliminated, but the site of the Belvoir Castle has been excavated and turned into a tourist attraction."

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