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al-Sarafand الصُرفند - א-צרפנד -

District of Haifa
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Sarafand Village - Palestine: : The cemetery
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 16, 1948
Distance from district center 19 (km) South West of Haifa
Elevation from the sea 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #15 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Shoter (Police)
Israeli attacking brigade A special force drawn from the Israeli Navy, Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades
Village defenders Local Palestinian militia, some Arab Liberation Army volunteers, and possibly some help from the Iraqi army in Tulkarm and Jinin
Israeli acts of terror In September 1948, UN investigators stated that 130 villagers were unaccounted for (see al-Tira & 'Ayn Ghazal for more details).
Refugees' migration route The refugees were mostly expelled first eastward to al-Tira, and then they were expelled again to but this time to Jinin (West Bank)
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been mostly destroyed with the exception of a remaining house.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Sarafand inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 3,486
Jewish 1,923
Public 1,923
Total 5,409
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 22
Planted W/ Cereal 3,249
Built up 6
Cultivable 3,271
Non-Cultivable 2,132
before occupation
Year Population
1596 61
19th century 150
1922 204
1931 188
1945 290
1948 336
Est. Refugees 1998 2,066
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 38
1948 67
Town's name through history The Crusades referred to al-Sarafand by Sarepta Yudee
Water supplies The village contained more than ten wells
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands kibbutz Neve-Yam, Tzerufa, & Geva' Karmel
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Only one house, a large structure with two arches in front, has been spared. The Tel Aviv-Haifa highway crosses part of the site."


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