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Dayr 'Amr دير عمرو - דיר עמר -

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Dayr 'Amr Village - Palestine: : agricultural school and hamlet site now a mental hospital
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 17, 1948
Distance from district center 12.5 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 750 (meters)
Map location See location number #19 on the map
Israeli military operation Second stage of Operation Dani
Israeli attacking brigade Fourth Battalion of the Har'el Brigade
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis Dayr 'Amr has mostly survived destruction (one of the miracle in the area?), most of the its houses are currently occupied and being renovated by Israeli Jewish settlers.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Dayr 'Amr inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 3,072
Jewish 0
Public 0
Total 3,072
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 18
Area planted w/ olives 5
Planted W/ Cereal 650
Cultivable 668
Non-Cultivable 2,404
before occupation
Year Population
1931 434
1945 10
1948 719
Est. Refugees 1998 4,800
Number of houses In (1931): 110 (includes Suba)
Town's name through history Dayr 'Amr was named after a local sage known by al-Sa'i 'Amr.
Schools In 1942, the General Arab Orphans' Committee (a private body based in Jerusalem) established in Dayr 'Amr a model Boys' Farm. In 1946, the farm had about 60 students. The school remain standing which is currently being used as a hospital by Israelis.
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known by al-Sa'i 'Amr, whom the village was named after.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands The Boys' Farm were transformed into an Israeli mental hospital, Eytanim and Bezek telephone and television company has established a large facility with radar equipment at the southern edge of the site.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
The site is surrounded with a fence and a guarded gate. All the houses still stand and new extensions have been added to some of them. Large cypress and carob trees grow among the houses. There is an olive grove on the southern edge of the village. The Bezek telephone and television company has established a large facility, with radar equipment, at the southern edge of the site. The psychiatric hospital of Eytanim is nearby