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Sar'a صرعة - צרעה -

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Sar'a Village - Palestine: : A scene in the village before 1920, Matson Collection
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 18, 1948
Distance from district center 25 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 350 (meters)
Map location See location number #14 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Dani
Israeli attacking brigade Har'el's Fourth Battalion
Village defenders Egyptian Muslim Brotherhoods, some Arab Liberation Army volunteers, and some local Palestinian militia.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis Sar'a was destroyed some time in 1949 to make room for the settlement of Tzor'a. Currently, the village site has been completely defaced.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Sar'a inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 4,964
Jewish 0
Public 3
Total 4,967
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 194
Area planted w/ olives 115
Planted W/ Cereal 2,979
Built up 16
Cultivable 3,173
Non-Cultivable 1,778
before occupation
Year Population
1596 94
19th century 400
1922 205
1931 271
1945 340
1948 394
Est. Refugees 1998 2,422
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 65
1948 94
Town's name through history The Canaanites referred to Sar'a by the city of Sur'a or Zorah, subsequently it was known by Danite, then the Romans called it Sarea.
Shrines/maqams Sar'a had two shrines one of which is still standing. The first belongs belongs to al-Nabi Samat, and the other for an unnown individuals.
Archeological sites The village has several Khirbas including Khirbat al-Tahuna, where the ruins of a building constructed of ashlars (squared stone masonry) and the foundations of other buildings.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Tarum and Tzor'a
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Stone rubble and iron girders are strewn among the trees on the site. A flat stone, surrounded by debris and inscribed with Arabic verses from the Qur'an, bears the date A.H. 1355 (1936). On the western edge of the site stands a shrine containing the tombs of two local religious teachers. A valley to the northeast is covered with fig, almond, and cypress trees


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د.محمود محمد عزت محمود حماد حماد أبو لطيفة عمّان
علاء صلاح صلاح ANKARA, 00905545953876
بلال صلاح سجدية عمان
Ahmad Hammad ابو لطيفة -
ابو عدي - مخيم الدهيشة
محمد زهران ابو عدي - مخيم الدهيشة
محمدين - بيت لحم مخيم الدهيشة
شرف - عمان, الاردن
يوسف ابولطيفة عبدالله محمود عمان
صرعاوية الصرعاوي -
احمد ابو لطيفة ابو لطيفة palestine, sar3a
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omar abulatife ابو لطيفه -
اشرف دار زهران القدس, رام الله
ابو محمد ..زهران nablus
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