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Welcome To al-Khalisa - الخالصة (אל-ח'אלצה)

District of Safad
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Khalisa Village - Palestine: : مسجد الخالصة , الاثر الباقي للقرية , 9/10/2003
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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 11, 1948
Distance from district center 28 (km) North East of Safad
Elevation from the sea 150 (meters)
Map location See location number #11 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Israeli attacking brigade The Palmach's First Battalion
Village defenders Local Palestinian militia
Israeli acts of terror Massacre occured by Jewish troops against the town's inhabitants.
Exodus Cause Haganah 'Wispering' campaign (psychological warfare)
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been mostly destroyed with exception of the village school, a British Mandate government's office, and the village mosque.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Khalisa inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 10,773
Jewish 0
Public 507
Total 11,280
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 5,586
Planted W/ Cereal 3,775
Built up 20
Cultivable 9,361
Non-Cultivable 1,899
before occupation
Year Population
1596 160
19th century 50
1931 1,369
1945 1,840
1948 2,134
Est. Refugees 1998 13,108
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 259
1948 403
Schools The village had an elementary school for boys, which used to admit students from neighboring villages.
Inhabitants place of origin al-Ghawarina clan were the original founders of the village and constituted most of the population
Local council The village had council that administered the village affairs
Religious institutions One mosque (still standing, but it needs renovations guys!)
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Qiryat Shemona
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Stone rubble from the houses marks the site. The school and the Mandate government's office buildings stand abandoned, as does the village mosque and minaret. The level land surrounding the site is cultivated by the settlement of Qiryat Shemona, while the mountainous areas are either used as pastures or are wooded