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Qalunya قالونيا - קאלוניא -

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Qalunya Village - Palestine: : طلاب مدرسة قالونية قبل النكبة، اُنقر الصورة لتكبيرها.
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 3, 1948
Distance from district center 6 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 650 (meters)
Map location See location number #5 on the map
Israeli military operation Possibly Operation Nahchon
Israeli attacking brigade Possibly by IZL (Irgun Zvai Leumi or ITZEL) terror gangs and some Haganah troops.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village was mostly destroyed with the exception of few deserted houses and the cemetery. One of the houses has been renovated and used by an Israeli Jewish settler.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis Qalunya was mostly emptied of its inhabitants because of nearby fighting on April 2nd, 1948, and upon occupatio it was completely cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 3,594
Jewish 1,084
Public 166
Total 4,844
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 1,022 202
Area planted w/ olives 200 0
Planted W/ Cereal 846 109
Built up 78 149
Cultivable 1,868 311
Non-Cultivable 1,814 624
before occupation
Year Population
1596 110
1922 549
1931 632
1945 1,260 (350 Jewish)
1948 1,056
Est. Refugees 1998 6,483
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 156
1948 260
Town's name through history The Canaanites known Qalunya by Mozah, the Romans called it Colonia Amosa or Colonia Emmaus (see 'Imwas in al-Ramla district for details), and the Crusades referred to it by as Qalonie.
Religious institutions Qalunya had a mosque named after al-Shaykh Hamad, and believe it or not, it also contained an old synagogue built in 1871.
Nearby wadies & rivers Wadi Qalunya passed through the eastern edges of the village.
Archeological sites Qaluna also has two unnamed khirbas to the north that contains the foundations of buildings and artificial caves carved into the rock.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands The west Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Tziyyon.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Only a few houses still stand, in the southwestern part of the site, by the cemetery .They have arched doors and windows. One of the houses is now occupied by a Jewish family. Stone rubble, parts of collapsed cement roofs, and iron window frames are scattered throughout the site. An old synagogue, built in 1871, still stands; it has arched gates and windows. The wild grass that grows on the site is burned off every year to clear the approaches to the nearby settlement. The village terraces have been preserved. Almond, fig, and olive trees, along


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