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Welcome To Shilta - شلتة (שילתא)

District of al-Ramla
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Shilta Village - Palestine: : The entrance to the 'Hasmonean' village - one of the Arab houses
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 18, 1948
Distance from district 15 (km) East of al-Ramla
Elevation from the sea 300 (meters)
Map location See location #19 on the map

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Military Operation against town Operation Dani
Attacking Units First Battalion of the Yiftach Brigade
Defenders Jordanian Army & Local militia
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction Shilta was completely obliterated and defaced.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Shilta inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 5,379
Jewish 0
Public 1
Total 5,380
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 27
Planted W/ Cereal 2,159
Built up 6
Cultivable 2,186
Non-Cultivable 3,188
Year Population
1931 22
1945 100
1948 116
Est. Refugees 1998 712
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 7
1948 36
Town's name through history The Crusades referred to Shilta by Capharscylta.
Religious institutions One mosque
Shrines/maqams A shrine for a local sage known by al-Shaykh Ahmad al-Shiltawi.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Shilat and Kefar Rut.
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Status of The Village Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, all that remains of the village:
"The site is overgrown with mountain flora, including long grasses and pomegranate, almond, and carob trees. Some of the cactus hedges survive, and several wells also are visible. Israeli settlement houses have been built on village land."

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