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Welcome To Kafr Lam - كفر لام (כפר לאם)

District of Haifa
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Kafr Lam Village - Palestine: : قريه كفر لام بعداحتلالها
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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 16, 1948
Distance from district center 21.5 (km) South West of Haifa
Elevation from the sea 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #19 on the map
Israeli military operation Possibly the Coastal Clearing Operation
Village defenders Local Palestinian militia, some Arab Liberation Army volunteers, and some support from the Iraqi Army in Tulkarm.
Refugees' migration route The refugees were mostly expelled to the Triangle area and others to nearby POW camps.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been mostly destroyed with the exception of two village house (one of them for Ahmad Bey Khalil).
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Kafr Lam inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 5,104
Jewish 0
Public 1,734
Total 6,838
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 75
Planted W/ Cereal 5,052
Built up 14
Cultivable 5,127
Non-Cultivable 1,697
before occupation
Year Population
19th century 300
1931 215
1945 340
1948 394
Est. Refugees 1998 2,422
Number of houses In (1931): 50 (includes Kafr Lam Station)
Town's name through history The Crusaders may have referred to Kafr Lam with same name as the nearby castle of Cafarlet.
Schools Kafr Lam had an elementary school for boys, which was founded by the Ottoman in 1882, but it was later closed during the British Mandate period.
Religious institutions One mosque
Water supplies Kafr Lam had five wells which supplied it with its drinking water needs.
Archeological sites Kafr Lam containes Crusader's (called Cafarlet) fortress and stone quarries.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands 'En Ayyala and ha-Bonim
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Town Today

The abandoned Crusader fortress and several houses are still standing. One house, that of Ahmad Bey Khalil, has been converted into a school; another is being used as an Israeli post office.