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Qisarya قيسارية - קיסאריה -

District of Haifa
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Qisarya Village - Palestine: : General View- 1938
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date February 15, 1948
Distance from district center 37 (km) South West of Haifa
Elevation from the sea less than 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #46 on the map
Israeli military operation Coastal Clearing
Israeli attacking brigade Palmach troops, headed by Yitzhak Rabin, occupied and destroyed the village.
Israeli acts of terror Massacre occured by Jewish troops against the town's inhabitants.
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village had been mostly destroyed by Yitzhak Rabin with the exception of few houses. It should be also noted that the Nobel Prize winner made sure soon after the 1967 war that the villages of Yalu, 'Imwas, Bayt Nuba, and al-Latrun (South East of al-Ramla) were all completely defaced; we demand restitution!
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis Qisarya inhabitants were terrorized out of their homes by the Haganah between January 12th and February 15th 1948
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 20,959
Jewish 874
Public 9,953
Total 31,786
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 18 0
Irrigated & Plantation 108 0
Planted W/ Cereal 1,406 787
Built up 28 83
Cultivable 1,532 787
Non-Cultivable 29,352 4
before occupation
Year Population
1922 346
1931 706
1945 1,120 (160 Jewish)
1948 1,114
Est. Refugees 1998 6,839
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 143
1948 225
Town's name through history Original Qisarya port's was called Strato's Tower by the Phoenician, and later on the Romans referred to the village by Caesarea.
Schools Qisarya had an elementary school for boys, which was founded in 1884 by Ottomans.
Inhabitants place of origin In 1878, Muslim Bosnians settled in Qisarya after the Austrian invasion of their country.
Notable people from town The celebrated rhetorician and belle lettrist 'Abd al-Hamid al-Katib ( d. A.D. 750)
Archeological sites Qisarya contained high and low aqueducts of the city, the theater, parts of the city wall, the hippodrome, storage vaults inside the harbor, and a Crusader fortress.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Sedot Yam , Or 'Aqiva, & the Qesarya.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Most of the houses have been demolished. The site has been excavated in recent years, largely by Italian, American, and Israeli teams, and turned into a tourist area. Most of the few remaining houses are now restaurants, and the village mosque has been converted into a bar"