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Dayr al-Shaykh دير الشيخ - דיר א-שיח' -

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Dayr al-Shaykh Village - Palestine: : Sultan Badr Muslim Shrin, 1949
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date October 21, 1948
Distance from district center 16 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 475 (meters)
Map location See location number #28 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation ha-Har
Israeli attacking brigade Har'el Brigade
Village defenders Egyptian Muslim Brotherhoods, Jordanian Army, and some ALA and local Palestinian militia.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis Deir al-Sheikh was mostly destroyed and defaced with the exception of few houses including the village shrine which is being used as tourist attraction by Israelis.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Dayr al-Shaykh inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 1,366
Jewish 0
Public 5,415
Total 6,781
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 291
Area planted w/ olives 400
Planted W/ Cereal 1,025
Built up 8
Cultivable 1,316
Non-Cultivable 5,457
before occupation
Year Population
1596 113
19th century 400
1922 99
1931 155
1945 220
1948 255
Est. Refugees 1998 1,567
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 26
1948 42
Religious institutions Deir al-Sheikh had two mosques, one with a large dome to the east, and a rock-cut tomb was to the southwest.
Shrines/maqams A maqam and mosque for al-Shaykh Sultan Badr.
Nearby wadies & rivers Deir al-Sheikh overlooks Wadi al-Sarar to the northeast.
Archeological sites The villages contains the remnants of walls and columns, foundations, cisterns, burial grounds, and presses.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Nes Harim occupies some of the village lands.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
One of the few village buildings that remain is the maqam (shrine) of al-Shaykh Sultan Badr, a white structure with two domes, arched entrances, and a courtyard; it is now an Israeli tourist site. Stone rubble west of the shrine is covered with wild grass


Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
فتحي محمود ابومعاذ ابوصالح ناعور, الاردن
ناصر حاتم محمود ابراهيم عليان عليان -
غسان تيسير ذياب محمد أل دير الشيخ (ابو صالح) عمان, دير الشيخ فلسطين
انور تيسير ذياب - عمان, فلسطين
بلال الشريف حماد -
شاهر الشريف حماد الاردن , البقعة
أشرف الشريف حماد الاردن , البقعة
ابوادهم ابوصالح الاردن, الاردن
محمد ابراهيم الشريف الشريف -
الدرشخي - الرصيفه \ مخيم حطين, الاردن
محمد عادل ابوصالح ابوصالح الزرقاء
الشريف بلال الشريف الشريف الاردن, الاردن
معتصم الشريف الشريف فلسطين, فلسطين
صبري جميل عبد القادر محمد ابو صالح الضليل, دير الشيخ
حسن أحمد حسن الشريف - البقعه, الاردن
المحامي تيسر ذياب - الاردن, دير الشيخ
محمدمصطفى الشريف الشريف -
حسن الشريف - -
ابو حاتم ابراهيم -
عدنان ابو صالح ابو صالح -
ايمان ابداح ابداح الاردن
محمد الشريف - -
معاذ فتحي محمود أبو صالح الشرفا - -
وليد الشريف الشريف الزرقاء, الاردن
Ashraf Shaweesh شاويش -
نورالدين الشريف - عمان, الاردن
mhmd nofal نوفل عمان, الاردن
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محمد نوفل( الشريف) نوفل عمان, الاردن
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