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Bayt Shanna بيت شنة -

District of al-Ramla
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Bayt Shanna Village - Palestine: : One of the remaining house walls
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 15, 1948
Distance from district center 11.5 (km) Southeast of al-Ramla
Elevation from the sea 240 (meters)
Map location See location number #30 on the map
Israeli military operation Second stage of Operation Dani
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis Bayt Shanna was mostly destroyed with the exception of a small house on a hill.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Bayt Shanna inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 3,617
Jewish 0
Public 0
Total 3,617
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 44
Planted W/ Cereal 865
Cultivable 909
Non-Cultivable 2,708
before occupation
Year Population
1596 22
1931 406
1945 210
1948 244
Est. Refugees 1998 1,496
Number of houses In (1931): 71 (listed in the Jerusalem district; includes Salbit)
Archeological sites Two khirbats located to West and Northeast of the village center that contains the foundations of a church and buildings, cisterns, and rock-hewn presses.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands No Israeli settlements on village lands.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalid, all that remains of the village:-
The stone rubble of the former houses covers the village site. Large mulberry, olive, and almond trees grow amid the rubble, most of which is covered by wild vegetation. The whole site is fenced in and appears to be used as a grazing area. On the hillside east of the village, a room made of masonry still stands. Fruit trees grow around it