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Welcome To al-Batani al-Gharbi - البطاني الغربي (אל-בטאני אל-ע'רבי)

District of Gaza
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Batani al-Gharbi Village - Palestine: : A domed building (a shrine?). It is made of local sandstone bricks and cemented with a lot of shells in the cement. It is in Moshav Azrikam. I've seen no other buildings.
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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 13, 1948
Distance from district center 36 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #5 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Barak (lightening)
Israeli attacking brigade Giv'ati Brigade
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village was completely obliterated.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Batani al-Gharbi inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 4,475
Jewish 0
Public 99
Total 4,574
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 170
Irrigated & Plantation 95
Planted W/ Cereal 4,152
Built up 34
Cultivable 4,417
Non-Cultivable 123
before occupation
Year Population
1922 556
1931 667
1945 980
1948 1,137
Est. Refugees 1998 6,981
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 147
1948 250
Schools al-Batani al-Gharbi had an elementary school for boys founded in 1947, and it had an initial enrollment of 119 students. It should be noted that students from the nearby villages of Barqa and al-Batini al-Sharqi used to attend the same school too.
Religious institutions One mosque
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands No settlements on village land.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Some of the village streets are still clearly recognizable. A stone quarry is also located on village lands."