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Welcome To Sabalan - سبلان (סבלאן)

District of Safad
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Sabalan Village - Palestine: : بيت متبقي من قرية سبلان , موقع مقام النبي سبلان قرب قرية حرفيش اليوم - 1/6/2003
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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date October 30, 1948
Distance from district center 15.5 (km) West of Safad
Elevation from the sea 800 (meters)
Map location See location number #48 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Hiram
Israeli attacking brigade Golani's First Battalion and Sheva' (Seventh) Brigade
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been mostly destroyed with the exception of one house, a village well, and the shrine for al-Nabi Sabalan.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Sabalan inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 1,262
Jewish 0
Public 536
Total 1,798
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 144
Area planted w/ olives 65
Planted W/ Cereal 421
Built up 14
Cultivable 565
Non-Cultivable 1,219
before occupation
Year Population
19th century 100
1922 68
1931 94
1945 70
1948 81
Est. Refugees 1998 499
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 18
1948 18
Religious institutions One mosque
Shrines/maqams The village contained a shrine or a tomb for one al-Nabi Sabalan
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands No settlements on village lands
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Only one village house and a well remain. The house is now occupied by the guard and caretakers of the shrine of al-Nabi Sabalan, which stands opposite the house. New buildings have been constructed for visitors to the shrine, which is sacred to the Druze