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|Welcome To The City of Haifa
District of Haifa
حيفا - חֵיפָה
Ethnically cleansed days ago
כדי לתרגם עברית
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|Elevation from the sea||Elevation varied between 50 meters in the coastal area to 500 meter on Mount Carmel.|
|Maps||Map of Haifa city|
|Attacking Israeli force||
The Zionist forces were made up of 5,000 soldiers mostly organized by Haganah
Brigade) and some IZL troops. The attack on Arab Haifa started on the 21st of
April and was initiated from Hadara Ha Carmel
(Haifa's Jewish neighborhood), which aimed to split the city into
three separate and isolated pockets (operation Misbarayim meaning
The 1st attacking force was directed from Wadi Rashmya towards the
Northeastern neighborhoods of Arab Haifa, the 2nd attacking force was
directed toward the Arab neighborhood next to the port, and the 3rd attacking was directed toward the commercial
The city was poorly defended with 350-500 Palestinian volunteers and some
Arab Liberation Army (ALA). Haifa's defense was headed by Ahmad al-Huneiti
(a Jordanian national), who was killed
on March 17th, 1948 while supplying the city with a major arms shipment, 12 tons of
explosives, from Beirut-Lebanon. This arms shipment
was meant to reinforce Haifa's crumbling defenses, and to boost it moral. Based on a tip from a
British commander stationed in the area, a Haganah force that was stationed nearby Kiryat
Motzkin, a Zionist colony between Haifa and Acre, ambushed
and killed Mr. al-Huneiti. The death of
Ahmad al-Huneiti had a major demoralizing affect on Haifa's Arab population.
On March 27th, 1948, Ameen 'Izz al-Deen took up the responsibility
of defending Haifa until its surrender on the April 23rd, 1948.
Just prior to the city's surrender, close to 300 fighters from the al-Tira, a Palestinian village located 7 km southeast of Haifa, attempted to reinforce Haifa's crumbling defenses. As they headed down to Arab Haifa, they were confronted by a British force commanded by General Stockholm, who commanded Haifa's British forces at the time, and they were forced to turn back. The people of al-Tira are a very good example of how a poorly armed, but well determined and stubborn fighters, can stand up to the Zionist might. Despite all the odds, al-Tira withstood a siege and an onslaught for more than three months until its occupation in late July 1948.
It should be noted that close to 700 of Transjordan's Arab Legionnaires (who were give strict orders not intervene by H.M. King Abdullah and their commanding British officer Gloub Pasha) stood by while Haifa was being ethically cleansed and occupied.
Click here, to read more about the battle for for Haifa in Arabic.
|Acts of terror||
Based on declassified Israeli documents, the Israeli historian Benny
Morris concluded that the Jewish civilian population (especially Haifa's
Jewish mayor Shabtai Levy) was at peace with their
Palestinian neighbors, but the Haganah and the IZL leadership had a different agenda
to ethnically cleanse the city from its Palestinian Arab population. Benny
To expedite the
ethnic cleansing process, the Haganah broadcasted terror messages, via loudspeakers, to
psychologically terrorize the Arab inhabitants into fleeing. (Benny
Out of the 61,000 Palestinian Arabs who used to call Haifa home, only 3,566 Palestinians were allowed to stay. The remaining population were in constant fear on their lives and properties, and many of them witnessed the looting of their homes and possessions by the Zionists.
Click here, to read more about the battle for for Haifa in Arabic.
|Refugees' migration route||
The mass majority of Haifa's Palestinian population, numbering at least 35,000, were
into the sea. Similarly, Jaffa's
population, numbering at least
50,000, suffered the same fate on May 13th,1948. Click
here to view a map that illustrates refugees' migration routes.
Via boats, many Palestinian refugees landed in Sour (Tyre), Sayda, and Beirut Lebanon, and some boats managed to land in Acre City. It's very sad that some of the people who landed in Acre were ethnically cleansed again few weeks later.
Ironically, often Zionists accuse the Arabs of plotting to push the Jews into the sea!
|City name through history||
The city's name is derived from the Canaanite Arabic word al-Hayfah meaning nearby, and during the Roman period it was known
The Crusades called Haifa by Cayphas and sometime they referred to
it also by Sycaminon (meaning Wild Strawberry which is abandoned in the
area). During the Islamic period, Acre dominated the coastal area, and Haifa was just a small town.
It is worth pointing out that Haifa is a modern and new city, which was initially developed by the Ottomans, and later on by the British Mandate and the Israelis.
|District's size||Haifa's district covered an area of 1,031.76 square kilometers, of which Jews owned 364.28 square kilometers (35.3% of the overall district size). In 1945, the district was made of 52 villages, and 14 bedouin localities. The Israeli Zionists destroyed all of these villages and bedouin localities with the exception of 'Ablein, Shefa 'Amr, 'Ibtin, 'Ara and 'Ar'ara, Kafer Qare'a, 'Aseifa, and Dalyat al-Karmel (Palestinian Druze village).|
** The number of houses in the municipality in 1931 was 21,335.
wadies and rivers
|City size||In 1945, the city covered an area of 54,305 dunums, of which 5,890 for roads and railroads.|
from other towns
|Number of houses||In 1931, Haifa had 12,364 houses.|
Haifa before occupation was made up of the following neighborhoods:
The Old City, al-Khamrah square, Suq al-'Abyad, al-Markaz al-Kadeem, Daraj Saqreiq, Hadarah Ha Carmel, al-'Abasyah, al-Nabi Sha'nan (al-Halaqah), Tel al-Samak, Beit Kaleim, Madraset al-'Anbiya, al-Khayat Coast (southeast), Wadi al-Salib, Wadi al-Nisnass, Burg al-Salam, Central station/al-Markaz, al-Hamra square (now Paris Square), Rashmaya, Ra'as al-Carmel, The Germany Colony (built in the 1860s southwest of the city center) ... etc.
Click here, for a detail map of Haifa's neighborhood before occupation.
The Government of Palestine owned and operated a hospital in the city which had a
capacity of 261 beds, and it accepted 6,337 patients in 1944.
The Jewish community in Haifa had five hospitals, three of these were private hospitals, where all these Jewish hospitals had a capacity of 177 beds.
Palestine Oil Refinery (located northeast) which was founded in 1933 to refine the Iraqi oil, cement,
cigarettes (Qaraman, Deik, iw-Salti), publications (Haifa had
three Arabic newspapers), textiles, olive and grape presses, several grain
mills, ice production, wood processing, soap, fishing (mostly Arab owned),
and industrial machinery
for the railroads.
Since Israeli still maintains and enforces the "Law Of Absentees", all Haifa's industries, farms, buses, cars, railroads, cattle, real states, ... etc. have been looted and became the property of the "Jewish state". When similar injustices were perpetrated against Europe's Jewish citizens during WWII (by the Germans and the Swiss), the Jews of the world demanded justice for their looted art works and properties. The question which begs to be asked is :-
Are the Palestinian people entitled for compensation for their looted properties?
Haifa's airport was located north west of the city center. In 1944, 175
plans landed in the airport which carried total of 514 passengers and 13,528 tons of goods.
Before Nakba, Palestine had three operational airports at al-Lydd, Haifa, and Kalyah, and in 1944, all of these airports received 2,207 plans which altogether carried 5,582 passengers.
In 1908, the Ottoman Turks were the first to invest and develop Haifa's port , and since then the city
and its port have experienced a very rapid growth.
In 1929, the Government of Palestine invested heavily into Haifa
City and especially in its port (almost 1.25 million Palestinian Pounds)
because of the need to refine and export the Iraqi oil, and it in 1933 the port was officially opened for
business. It should be noted that when the port was first
opened for business, and probably until the present day, it was
considered to be the most modern and well equipped port in the Mediterranean, and
second to the French port of Marcel.
The port loading dock had a length of 400 meters and depth of 9 meters, and it was capable of accepting 3 to 4 big ship at the loading docks, or 20 ships next to the retaining walls. The main Haifa railroad line had a connection leading into the port to ease the import and export of goods. At the time, Haifa's Port was also well equipped with modem cranes to expedite the loading and unloading of the parking ships to and from railcars and trucks. Over all , the port used to employee 1,400 people.
Currently, Haifa's port is considered to be Israel's main port, and in 1971 it received 56% of its total shipping. Tel Aviv, Isdud, and 'Ilat are the other main ports in Israel. Jaffa's old port was decommissioned as soon as Isdud's port became operational in the 1965.
Jaffa and Haifa ports
** Oil exports not included
import and exports
|City's income and expenses||
|Rainfall and humidity||
Note: All fishing in the Haifa area was Palestinian owned and operated.
Our primary sources for the above data was Biladuna Filisteen (second set, volume four) by Mustafa Murad al-Dabagh and The Palestine Encyclopedia.
|Display Name||Clan/Hamolah||Country of Residence|
|Mohammad Haifawi||Haifawi||Haifa, Palestine|
|نادر -حيفا||ابو الرب||السعودية, الرياض|
|Nabil Mir3i||Mir3i||Occupied Haifa, Occupied Palestine|
|Emad Ghaben||-||United States|
|Johnny Mansour||Mansour||Haifa, Palestine|
|محمد محمود مجذوبي||-||النرويج|
|Ahlam Serhan||-||Aleppo, Aleppo|
|فهد كمال||أبو حشمه - (أل خالد)||Dammam, Saudi Arabia|
|أوس داوود يعقوب||-||دمشق, سوريا|
|احمد قنديل||قنديل||دمشق, دمشق|
|ابراهيم معين كامل بشر||بشر||الاردن, ام الزينات|
|jawad al sahli||السهلي||دمشق|
|مهند كريميد||كريميد||المانيا, فلسطيني|
|Rabie Serhan||Serhan||UAE - Dubai|
|Waleed Al-Waisi Abuu- Faris||Al-Waisi||Amman, Jordan|
|رشا رباني||الحمولة||damascus/yarmouk, syria|
|iyad dassouki||-||سورية, سورية|
|Sparkling Star||-||Jordan, Jordan|
|يوسف صبح||صبح||فلسطين, فلسطين|
|ahmed saad||-||Irbed - JORDAN, Jordan|
|محمد محمود رجا جعايصة||جعايصة||الزرقاء, الاردن|
|محمد السوالمه||عبدالله||عمان, فاسطين|
|إيهاب الحمامصى||-||البحيرة, مصر|
|محمد ابو حشمه||ابو حشمه||-|
|MAZIN HAJIR||HAJIR-- حجير||MARJ-ALHAMAM, JORDAN|
|Kumar||-||sri lanka, sri lanka|
|حازم الغول||0776369369||اربد, الاردن|
|محمد القزق||009613977930||beirut, lebanon|
|منال الوادي||عبد الحفيظ||ألمانيا, ألمانيا|
|أيمن صالح الحسن||عوالي||الكويت, الكويت|
|قسام السعدي||السعدي||PARIS, France|
|Nasr Al-Bikawi||Albawakneh||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|بلال مصاروه||مصاروه||كفر قرع, كفر قرع|
|صامد الحاج||الحاج||رام الله, بيت سيرا|
|maan sheikh-yousef||sheikh-yousef||n.j, u.s.a.|
|Riad H. Sawan||-||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Ahmed Alokby||Alokby||OR, OR|
|ايمن مصالحه||مصالحه||كفر قرع, كفر قرع|
|Mohammad AL Abtah||AL Abtah||-|
|sabri||Al Haj Mahmoud||U.A.E|
|Richard Utaqi||Utaqi||Krefeld, Germany|
|جنان بسام||-||طرابلس, لبنان|
|ضياء فياض||FAYYAD||Saudi arabia, saudi arabia|
|RIAD GOMAA||gomaa||south lebanon, lebanon|
|Rana Abdel Razaq Al Yahya||Al Yahya||Amman, Jordan|
|Bashir Shibly||Shibly||Damascus, Syria|
|amjad abu el haijaa||abu el haijaa||-|
|Tarsheha Mansoura||MANSOURA||west bank, palestine|
|maged khamra||khamra - elhaj||haifa, haifa|
|khalid alaswad||Al-Aswad||Qatar, Qatar|
|Hajier Hajier||Haifa -Al-Haleiseh||Irbid, Jordan|
|Haifa City||Abo Eissa||Haifa|
|ABU IBRAHIM||AUDEH||SOUTH, LEBANON|
|Jamal Abdallah||-||Michigan, USA|
|Wissam El Sheikh Hassan||El Sheikh Hassan||-|
|Zips Levey||-||Forton, nr. Preston, Lancs.PR3OAQ, United Kingdom|
|Ayman Kallas||-||British Columbia, Canada|
|Abou Ghazaleh||ABOU GHAZALEH||SOUTH, LEBANON|
|Haytham||Dar Al Haj Mahmoud||Amman, Jordan|
|abu jenin||JARRAR||NY, USA|
|johnny mansour||-||Israel, Israel|
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