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Dayr al-Hawa دير الهوا - דיר אל-הוא -

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Dayr al-Hawa Village - Palestine: : I am an eight years old girl from Dayr al-Hawa. It's time for me & my family to go back home NOW
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date October 19, 1948
Distance from district center 18.5 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 650 (meters)
Map location See location number #27 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation ha-Har
Israeli attacking brigade Fourth Battalion of the Har'el Brigade (commanded by the Ethnic Cleansing champion, Yigal Allon).
Defenders Local militia and Egyptian Army/Muslim Brotherhood Battalion
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis Deir al-Hawa was completely obliterated. Currently the Jewish National Fund owns your village, and you're more than welcome to sue them in U.S. courts if you wish, see 'Imwas, al-Ramla for more details.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Dayr al-Hawa inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 4,660
Jewish 0
Public 1,347
Total 5,907
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 58
Area planted w/ olives 501
Planted W/ Cereal 1,565
Built up 4
Cultivable 1,623
Non-Cultivable 4,280
before occupation
Year Population
1922 18
1931 47
1945 60
1948 70
Est. Refugees 1998 427
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 11
1948 16
Religious institutions A mosque in the western part of the village.
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known by al-Shaykh Sulayman.
Water supplies Dayr al-Hawa contained two wells located southeast and west of its center.
Archeological sites Deir al-Hawa was built on an unknown archaeological site.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Nes Harim is nearby village lands.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
The stone rubble of houses is mixed with the ruined walls of terraces. Parts of the site have been levelled and cleared, and the debris has been gathered to form a large pile at one end of the site. In the north, south, and west, terraces are covered with groves of carob and olive trees. Cactuses grow on the southern edge of the site, and ruined walls lie on the western side of the village. Large slabs of reinforced concrete can still be seen near the watchtower that was erected on the cleared area