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Welcome To Kafr Bir'im - كفر برعم (כפר בירעים)

District of Safad
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Kafr Bir'im Village - Palestine: : The Proud Church Of Kafr Bir'im Remains Standing, 1972
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date November 4, 1948
Distance from district 11.5 (km) North West of Safad
Elevation from the sea 750 (meters)
Map location See location #41 on the map

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Military Operation against town Operation Hiram
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction Complete destruction of the village in 1953, Only the church and its bell tower left standing (it needs renovations, any volunteers!)
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Kafr Bir'im inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 12,244
Jewish 0
Public 6
Total 12,250
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 1,101
Area planted w/ olives 143
Planted W/ Cereal 3,718
Built up 96
Cultivable 4,819
Non-Cultivable 7,335
Year Population
19th century 300
1922 469
1931 554
1945 710
1948 824
Est. Refugees 1998 5,058
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 132
1948 196
Town's name through history The Canaanites referred to the village by Periya'm
Archeological sites The village contained the remains of olive presses, a synagogue, tombs, and cisterns
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Baram and Dovev
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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 village has been demolished. The only standing structure is the church and its belltower. Crumbled walls, some scattered, partially-collapsed houses, and extensive rubble cover the hillside, all overgrown with bushes and wild grasses. Some of the archaeological remains are still visible. The village site has been closed off and the surrounding area declared an archaeological and tourist site

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