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Welcome To Simsim - سمسم (סומסום)

District of Gaza
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Simsim Village - Palestine: : Remains, NE of the village centre
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 13, 1948
Distance from district 15 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 50 (meters)
Map location See location #39 on the map

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Military Operation against town Operation Barak
Attacking Units Negev Brigade
Israeli acts of terror Massacre occured by Jewish troops against the town's inhabitants.
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction The village has been completely obliterated.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Simsim inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 12,671
Jewish 3,386
Public 740
Total 16,797
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 240 0
Irrigated & Plantation 250 2
Planted W/ Cereal 12,207 3,375
Built up 44 0
Cultivable 12,697 3,377
Non-Cultivable 670 9
Year Population
1596 110
1922 760
1931 855
1945 1,360 (70 Jewish)
1948 1,496 (70 Jewish)
Est. Refugees 1998 9,190
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 195
1948 341
Town's name through history The Crusaders referred to village by Semsem.
Schools Simsim had anb elementary school founded in 1934, and in 1945 it had an enrollment of 45 students. In 1947, Simsim shared its school with the nearby village of Najd.
Archeological sites The village had archaeological site known by al-Ras and Sha'fat al-Mughur (which contained a Roman cemetery).
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Gevar'am and Or ha-Ner
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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:
"The village has been obliterated & pile of stones that may be the debris of a village building is visible. The site is fenced in and serves as a pasture."

Bibliography and References

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إيمي عابد عابد المملكة العربية السعودية, المملكة العربية السعودية
سلوى عابد عابد الرياض, السعودية
الشيخ - Dammam, Saudi Arabia
ابو وطن عبد النبي -
Dalia Awad Awad Hael, Saudi Arabia
عبدالله عبدالنبي عبدالنبي الرياض, السعوديه
راتب الحمدني فرج الله الرياض, السعودية
عبدالله غنام غنام الرياض, السعودية
حسام غنام غنام الرياض, السعودية
ابو زيـــــد الكتري Jaddah, سمسم
د. أحمد سامي الكتري حمد-الكتري الرياض, السعوديه
ABU MOHAMMED عواد ابوظبي
عصام محمد عابد - السعودية, السعودية
وسيم عابد - -
ابو قتادة عبد النبي غزة, مخيم جباليا
إياد فرج الله فرج الله -
لؤي فرج الله فرج الله -
صلاح الدين الكتري - -
أبو أحمد othman gaza
tamer-awwad عواد -
حسام عثمان فرج الله -
ايمن عواد - -
محمد فرج الله - -
علاء الدين زكي حسن عواد -
وائل صالح - الرياض, السعوديه
ناهض عثمان عثمان -
أبو حسين 00962786139859 مخيم حطين, الأردن
عماد الشيخ - -
إبراهيم عزيز - غزة
محمد عثمان - -
محمد صالح فرج الله -
ahmad othman amman, jordan
لؤي كباجه دار العقد - -
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