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Welcome To Dayr Yasin - دير ياسين (דיר יאסין)

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Dayr Yasin Village - Palestine: : A cluster of village stone houses #1
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 9, 1948
Distance from district 5.5 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 780 (meters)
Map location See location #10 on the map

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Attacking Units The terror gangs of Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL or ETZEL) and Stern Gang (LEHI) headed by the former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Defenders Local village militia
Israeli acts of terror The former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin terror gang (IZL or ETZEL) committed the famous massacre which resulted in the murder of 94 people, many women and children. It is worth noting that 25 of the survivors were paraded in West Jerusalem as trophies, who later were brought back to Deir Yassin and murdered, see the Stories and Memories section for an Israeli declassified intelligence report describing the massacre.
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction Deir Yassin mostly survived destruction (a strange miracle), and currently it is being used by Israeli Jewish settlers, see Pictures section for details.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Dayr Yasin inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Terminating refugee camps Many who survived the massacre ended up in refugee camps around Jerusalem and some in Amman, Jordan.
Village clans The Jabber family, some of whom survived the massacre to document the atrocity.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 2,701
Jewish 153
Public 4
Total 2,857
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ olives 200 0
Planted W/ Cereal 756 110
Built up 12 0
Cultivable 756 110
Non-Cultivable 1,936 43
Year Population
1596 39
1922 254
1931 428
1945 610
1948 708
Est. Refugees 1998 4,345
Number of houses Number of houses (1931): 95, in (1944): 144 houses
Town's name through history During the early Ottoman rule, Dayr Yasin was known by Khirbat Ayn al-Tut. Later, the village was renamed after a local sage known by al-Shaykh Yasin.
Schools Dayr Yasin had two schools: the 1st was an elementary school for boys founded in 1943, and the 2nd was for girls founded in 1946; both schools remain standing.
Religious institutions Deir Yassin had two mosques, one was named after al-Shaykh Yasin, and the other was built by the contribution of Mohamad Salah.
Water supply Two springs, one to the north and the other to the south which provided the village with fresh water supply.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Giv'at Sha'ul Bet
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Status of The Village Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Many of the village houses on the hill are still standing and have been incorporated into an Israeli hospital for the mentally ill that was established on the site. Some houses outside the fence of the hospital grounds are used for residential and commercial purposes, or as warehouses. Outside the fence, there are carob and almond trees and the stumps of olive trees. Several wells are located at the southwestern edge of the site. The old village cemetery , southeast of the site, is unkempt and threatened by debris from aring road that has been constructed around the village hill. One tall cypress tree still stands at the center of the cemetery

Bibliography and References

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Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
Mariam Jaber Jaber -
أنس عقل دار عقل المنطقة الغربية, المنطقة الغربية
سمير الياسيني حميدة west - bank, Dair yassin
احمد عيد عيد القدس \العيزرية, العيزرية
عمر بسام جابر جابر عمان, الاردن
tareq azmi jaber jaber california, dayr yasin palstine
rabi azmi jaber jaber california, dair yaseen palstine
younes hamideh - illinois, illinois
محمد حربي عيد العيزريه
wajdi eid ohio, u.s.a.
khaled eid eid doha
khaled eid eid -
ابو محمود جوده Amman, Jordan
Hatem Sammour - Kuwait
عيسى موسى محمد الجندي الجندي عمان, الأردن
Muhammed Sammur Illinois, USA
محمد سمور -
sawsan عيد amman, amman
ابو طويله السعدي فلسطين, فلسطين
Ghazi El-Ashker Al Ashker Canada
Klingenhagen Clifford - N.Y., U.S.A.
Abbas Hamideh Hamideh New York, USA
Ibrahim Malluf Malluf New Mexico, USA
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