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Welcome To al-Qastal - القسطل (אל-קסטל)

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Qastal Village - Palestine: : الصعود لمساندة أهل القسطل--1948 . مشاركة صفافي
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 3, 1948
Distance from district 8 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 790 (meters)
Map location See location #6 on the map

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Military Operation against town Operation Nachshon
Attacking Units The Palmach's Fourth Battalion

Arab Liberation Army (ALA) headed by 'Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini. Visit the Stories and Memories section for the letter that Abdel Qader sent to the Arab League ,on April 6th 1948, complaining for lack of weapons to defend Palestine and its people.
Click here to read more about the battle for al-Qastal in Arabic

Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction al-Qastal was completely destroyed, only house rubble left behind
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
al-Qastal inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 1,415
Jewish 7
Public 24
Total 1,446
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 169 0
Planted W/ Cereal 42 0
Built up 5 0
Cultivable 211 0
Non-Cultivable 1,223 7
Year Population
1922 43
1931 59
1945 90
1948 104
Est. Refugees 1998 641
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 14
1948 24
Town's name through history al-Qastal's name was derived from the Latin casteum, similarly the nearby Roman castle was also know by. The old Roman castle was renovated and named Belveer des Croises during the Crusade period.
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known by al-Shaykh Karaki.
Water supply al-Qastal has several springs outside its borders to the east.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
The Jerusalem neighborhood of Mevasseret Tziyyon.
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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:
The southern, northern, and eastern slopes of the site are covered with stone rubble and the ruins of stone terraces, half-concealed by wild grass. The ruins of the old castle lie on the mountain top. An underground shelter has been built on the site, southwest of the fortress

Bibliography and References

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ريما مطير - -
husam adwan pal, jerusalem / bethane
احمد حمدان حمدان -
reem deeb abdelrahman dubai, united arab emarites
laila alhusseini alhusseini U S A
mohammad alhusseini alhusseini -
Amin / Amman, Jordan
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