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Welcome To Biriyya - بيريا (ביריא)

District of Safad
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Biriyya Village - Palestine: : منظر عام لموقع القرية تصوير مقبولة نصار - 11.3.2006
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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 2, 1948
Distance from district center 1.5 (km) North East of Safad
Elevation from the sea 900 (meters)
Map location See location number #62 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Israeli attacking brigade The Palmach's First Battalion
Israeli acts of terror Please read about the massacre committed in the next door village of Ayn-al-Zaytun
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been mostly destroyed with the exception of 15 houses remain standing. Many of these houses now are used by Jewish settlers
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Biriyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 408
Jewish 5,170
Public 1
Total 5,579
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 53 111
Area planted w/ olives 30 0
Planted W/ Cereal 328 2,336
Built up 25 0
Cultivable 381 2,447
Non-Cultivable 3 2,723
before occupation
Year Population
1596 319
19th century 100
1922 128
1931 170
1945 240
1948 278
Est. Refugees 1998 1,710
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 38
1948 62
Town's name through history The Romans referred to the village by Berai (Biri)
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Kibbutz Biriyya
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, all that remains of the village:
About fifteen houses remain and are inhabited by the residents of the settlement of Biriyya; the settlement has been expanded to include the village site. In addition to the inhabited houses, four are semi-deserted or used for storage. Stones from destroyed houses can be found in some of the walls around the settlement


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عبد الرحمن صوان - -
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Wassim Farhat Farhat Lebanon, Lebanon
علاء صوان صوان دمشق, سوريا
Jalal Sawan Damascus, Syria
Soubhi Sawan Syria, Damascus
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