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Qira قيرة وقامون - קירה וקאמון -

District of Haifa
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Qira Village - Palestine: : منظر عام للمنطقة وللقرية عام 1935
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date March 1, 1948
Distance from district center 23 (km) South East of Haifa
Elevation from the sea 200 (meters)
Map location See location number #23 on the map
Israeli attacking brigade Terror campaign by a Haganah intelligence unit.
Exodus Cause Haganah 'Wispering' campaign (psychological warfare)
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been completely obliterated with the exception of some house rubble.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis

In early March 1948, Qira and Qamun were both ethnically cleansed based on the the orders of Yosef Weitz (a JNF official), and soon after the houses and crops of these villages were destroyed to make sure that the inhabitants do not come back.

Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 711
Jewish 13,265
Public 790
Total 14,766
before occupation
Year Population
1931 86
1945 690
1948 476
Est. Refugees 1998 2,921
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 21
1948 116
Town's name through history The Canaanites referred to Qira by Yokneam, the Roman called it Cimona, and before occupation the village was known by Qira wa Qamun (closely related to the nearby village of Qamun).
Nearby wadies & rivers The village was situated 6 km north of al-Muqatta' River.
Archeological sites Qira contained at least 19 archeological sites in its lands, and the most famous sites are Tel Qiri and Tel Qamun.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Yoqne'am, Yoqne'am 'Illit, & Kibbutz ha-Zore'a.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Rubble from village homes can be seen among the bushes and pine trees that have been planted on the village site. The area around it has been turned into an Israeli park."


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