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Umm al-Shawf ام الشوف - אום א-שוף -

District of Haifa
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Umm al-Shawf Village - Palestine: : أم الشوف- المقام (من أرشيف ديرتنا)
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 12, 1948
Distance from district center 29.5 (km) South of Haifa
Elevation from the sea 125 (meters)
Map location See location number #39 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Coastal Clearing
Israeli attacking brigade Possibly units from the Haganah and the Irgun terror gang.
Village defenders Local Palestinian militia and Arab Liberation Army volunteers.
Israeli acts of terror Massacre occured by Jewish troops against the town's inhabitants.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been completely obliterated with the exception of its shrine.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis

Soon after occupation, IZL gangs searched the Palestinian Arab refugees and found a pistol. When their demand to find out who owned the pistol was fruitless, the commander at the seen execute seven male refugees.(Benny Morris p. 117-118)

Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 6,320
Jewish 0
Public 1,106
Total 7,426
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 107
Area planted w/ olives 32
Planted W/ Cereal 6,177
Built up 31
Cultivable 6,284
Non-Cultivable 1,111
before occupation
Year Population
19th century 150
1922 252
1931 325
1945 480
1948 557
Est. Refugees 1998 3,419
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 73
1948 125
Religious institutions One mosque
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known by al-Shaykh 'Abd Allah (still standing).
Nearby wadies & rivers Umm al-Shawf was situated on the sloping section of Wadi al-Marah.
Water supplies Umm al-Shawf had two springs in its north side which supplied it with its drinking water needs.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Giv'at Nili
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Piles of stone debris from the houses are scattered about the site. The shrine of Shaykh 'Abd Allah still stands."


Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
معتز فريج فريج -
أسيد قاسم - فلسطين, فلسطين
hoji - -
مجد شناعه شناعة فلسطين, قباطيه
أبو شكري - ال
مسعود الصباح صباح الزرقاء, الزرقاء
علي فؤاد صباح صباح -
ابن حيفا حر - -
ابو ابراهيم شناعة قباطية, قباطية
مراد صبّاح صبّاح الرياض, المملكة العربية السعودية
احمد شناعة شناعة -
ابراهيم معين كامل بشر بشر الاردن, ام الزينات
Mahmoud Sabbah Sabbah -
Hala Sabbah Sabbah england - UK
مجدي صباح - السعودية
نشأت قاسم قاسم فلسطين, قفين
بهاء الدين نايف صباح صبـاح الرصيفة, الاردن
hazem bahjat shanah rusaifa, jordan
dana sabbah - الاردن, اربد
أبو يحيى شناعة الرياض, السعودية
صباح SABBAH -
Abdul raheem Fraij Fraij Jeddah - S. A
محمد صباح sabbah saudi arabia
abosaeed sabbah -
أبوجهاد صباح الرصيفة
Yousuf Mohammad Shana ah - UAE, Jordan-irbid
Haitham Sabbah - -
haitham sabbah Sabbah -
mohamed sabbah sabbah jordan, jordan
د. محمود مأمون الصباح yes Jordan, palestine
esamsabah sabbah palestine, palestine
Zakaria Sabbah Sabbah Jordan, Jordan
Ahmed AL-Ahmed Yacoub Al-Ahmad Madrid, Spain
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