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Welcome To Ghuwayr Abu Shusha - غوير أبو شوشة (ע'ויר אבו שושה)

District of Tiberias
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 21, 1948
Distance from district 8 (km) North of Tiberias
Elevation from the sea -150 (meters)
Map location See location #5 on the map

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Attacking Units Some unidentified troops from the Palmach
Defenders Local militia & Arab Liberation Army
Refugees' migration route Ghuwayr Abu Shusha inhabitants were ethnically cleansed to the Galilean town of al-Rama, east of Acre.
Exodus Cause Influence of fall of, or exoduce from, neighboring town
Village remains after destruction Ghuwayr Abu Shusha was completely obliterated with the exception of its shrine.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis The villagers were terrorized out of the village on 21st-28th of April 1948
Terminating refugee camps Some of the villagers ended up in 'Ayn al-Hilwa, Saydun refugee camp in southern Lebanon
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 8,609
Jewish 3,439
Public 50
Total 12,098
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 21 94
Irrigated & Plantation 1,377 1,450
Planted W/ Cereal 1,848 1,854
Built up 6 41
Cultivable 3,246 3,398
Non-Cultivable 5,407 0
Year Population
1945 1,240
1948 1,438
Est. Refugees 1998 8,833
Inhabitants place of origin Originally, the village was founded by al-Ghawarina and al-Samakiyya Bedouin tribes
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known by al-Shaykh Muhammad (remain standing).
Nearby wadies & rivers The village was nearby Wadi Rubadiyya
Water supply The village had several nearby springs, which provided it with its dinking water needs.
Archeological sites The village contained Khirbat Abu Shusha, which had the ruins of water-powered mills.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Ginnosar and Livnim
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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 site is covered with thorns and wild vegetation, including Christ's-thorn trees and cactuses. The shrine of Shaykh Muhammad and the remains of a mill can be seen among piles of stones and a few olive trees

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