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Posted on June 25, 2007

The sources and the reference materials of our website are as the following:-

  • Our references in order of primary sources concerning occupation date, Israeli military operation, Israeli attacking Brigade, Population ethnically cleansing, and Israeli settlements on town lands are from The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-1949 by Benny Morris (see Map 2 and Map #3), Atlas of Palestine, The history of the Haganah, The history of the war of independence (both in Arabic translation from the Institute for Palestine Studies), Palestine Encyclopedia, Biladuna Filisteen by Mustafa Murad al-Dabagh, the great book al-Nakba by 'Aref al-'Aref, and last but not least All That Remains by Prof. Walid al-Khalidi.

  • Our references in order of primary sources concerning elevation from the sea, distance from district center, land ownership, population, and number of houses are Biladuna Filisteen by Mustafa Murad al-Dabagh, Atlas of Palestine, Palestine Encyclopedia, World Gazetteer, and PNA's Central Bureau of statistics.

  • All Land Statistics such as land ownerships (for Palestinians and Jews), citrus, olive, cultivable, and cereal land areas were all extracted from Village Statistics of 1945. Since book is extremely important (which was published by the Government of Palestine for the Anglo-American Commission of Inquiry in 1946), we decide to make available for the general public. We also made available a soft copy of this book (plus 20 other important statistics about the Palestinians Villages) into one spreadsheet, click here for more details. This spreadsheet is a must read for all researchers and concerned parties in this field.

  • Village and Local Councils where extracted from A Survey of Palestine. Since this book was used extensively by the UN when it drafted the proposed Partition Plan, we thought it is critical to share a copy of this important book with the general public, click here for details.

  • Usurped lands that lay within the armistices line (mostly for W. Bank towns) have been extract from Atlas of Palestine.

  • Usurped lands for Palestinian towns within Israel (for years until 1962 & 1972) were extract from from documents compiled from Badil Center based on research done by Sabri Jiryis in "The Arabs in Israel" (1976) and Bakri Abu Kishik in "Arab Lands and the Israeli Politics". Click here to download both tables.

  • Acts of terror, level of destruction, est. of number refugees in 1998 was extracted from Atlas of Palestine by Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (now can be sold via the site) and All That Remains by Dr. Walid Khalidi.
  • Olive areas have been extracted from Biladuna Filisteen by Mustafa Murad al-Dabagh.
  • Our primary references concerning population in 1596 and in 19th century are based on the Ottomans tax record directly quoted from All That Remains by Dr. Walid Khalidi.
  • Our primary references concerning archeological sites, brief village remains, religious institutions, and up to date field research about the status of each village plus confirming Israeli settlements on each village lands are based on All That Remains by Dr. Walid Khalidi, The Return Journey By Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (now can be bought via the site), and Biladuna Filisteen by Mustafa Murad al-Dabagh.
  • Our primary source regarding the Shrines/Maqams are All That Remains & The Return Journey, and by no means our research is complete. We are in the process of updating our data based from the Return Journey which has the most complete listing for all shrines and other religious sites.

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Posted by oschlick on September 7, 2011 #137658

Folks, this isn't Isdud, this is Yibna.

Look at the google earth application, historic Yibna is clearly seen as a hill in between the Ottoman rail track (now Lydda-Ashkelon rail track) to the right and the Via Maris (now Rehovot-Ashdod road) to the left.
Posted by Vilan A. on July 27, 2011 #136600

In 1922 Census approximately 880 villages and tribes counted in all Palestine. In 1948 according to you 1320 villages counted in all Palestine. Can you confirm or explain the numbers?
Posted by Elizabeth MOnteiro on June 27, 2011 #135736

I am a journalist Brasil.Realizar research on the family of Sheikh Hassan Salameh for a book. What became of them immediately after the departure of Qula and Salameh's death? I have particular interest in the trajectory of the child su "Red Prince".Thank you.Congratulations for the site
Posted by Ameera on October 8, 2009 #91260

Great....!excellent information and good job..all of us hope to comeback to this great village..thnx a lot
Posted by adel.huraja on October 5, 2009 #90986

i like see news for qatar i like qatar very much from adel
Posted by David on September 4, 2009 #88091

To SL Poirot.

You are right about the Ottomans invasion of Bosnia, Macedonia but what you do not know is that the natives of Bosnia chose Islam as their preferred religion. Alot of Christians from that region converted to Islam due to the discrimination-like treatments from European Christians. Hence it was not the Ottomans who settled in Bosnia and later driven out by Austrians, It was the Bosnians (Muslims) themselves.
"Ottomans invade Bosnia in 1453; Bosnian nobles refuse to support Catholic king, Stephen, and hand over fortresses to Mehmet, many converting to Islam at the same time, thus beginning the process which ultimately sees most Bosnians become Muslims"
Posted by B.Zahra Saleh on April 16, 2009 #74249

First of all this is an excellant web page with much detailed history. Even though I am half Lebanese, in 1984 I wrote a book on the Opression of Palestine and their people. However, the book still remainds boxed up in my closet,because I never had it published. I spent many long hours studing and doing reseach so as to do an excellant job in my writings. The book was a gift to Dr.Abu-Joudeh, but he left United States in 1984 and I was never able to give it to him. I am not sure how often he reads these comments on this website, but if and when he does, he will know who I am , and know I tried to present him with a gift. Good job on this site, Mahmoud. B.Zahra Saleh
Posted by Glenn Bowman on July 28, 2008 #47324

Yousef Haddad wrote an ethnography of al-Bassa in Arabic, and I would be most grateful if anyone who knows about an English translation (whether published or unpublished) would let me know about it.
Many thanks,
Glenn Bowman
University of Kent,
Canterbury U.K.
Posted by Sally Farouk Zoubeidi on July 12, 2008 #45640

Special thanks to all the people who put effort and gave in from their time to make this webpage possible!! thank you very much! this webpage is an excellent source for outsiders like my family and I to learn more about their country espicially my young sibilings Nisreen, Aseel and Mohammad who never been in Abu fallah this is really a wndeful webpage to show them what me and my sister Sabrine always talk about as our most missed memory!! Thanks again ad I personally really appreciate it!!
Posted by fekri faour on February 23, 2008 #29729

thank you for the great is really appreciated,I have one question though about the families-hamoly- in sha'ab/acre
you forget faours/fowers??who are the largest family in sha'ab
before 1948.faour mohamed faour was the mokhtar, currently stiil the majlis and mokhtars for faours they outnumber all the the other families that you mentioned and this holds true before 48 and after and under occupation and out in refugee camps and all over too ???? is it omission?? or neglect??

please verify and correct.
sincerely ,one of the faours
Posted by Andrew Petersen on February 11, 2008 #28920

Further information can be found about Nabi Yusha (and other sites) in my book Gazeteer of Buildings in Muslim Palestine Part1 (Oxford 2001) also there is an article in LEVANT Vol 28 (1996)pp 97-113 'A Preliminary Report on Three Muslim Shrines in Palestine' which discussses Nabi Yusha.
Posted by SLPoirot on November 12, 2007 #23379

It is interesting that regarding Qaesarea, you write that the Bosnians who settled there "In 1878, Muslim Bosnians settled in Qisarya after the Austrian invasion of their country." When, if you examine history, it was the Ottomans who invaded, ceded territories and settled such as Bosnia, Macedonia - all the way to Vienna. It was only after the Battle of Vienna that the Austrians, allied and supported by several other European nations, moved the Ottoman Turks east. If the Ottomans invaded European territories, and were repulsed, after years of victories, how was it that the Austrians 'invaded these reclaimed lands?