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al-Nabi Rubin النبي روبين - א-נבי רובין -

District of al-Ramla
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Nabi Rubin Village - Palestine: : General View of the Mosque and the shrine of Nabi Robin, 2005
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date June 1, 1948
Distance from district center 14.5 (km) West of al-Ramla
Elevation from the sea less than 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #13 on the map
Israeli military operation Second stage of Operation Barak
Israeli attacking brigade Giv'ati Brigade
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village was mostly destroyed with the exception of the village shrine and its mosque.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis Some villagers managed to stay behind until the end of the harvest time, then they were kicked out.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 30,994
Jewish 0
Public 8
Total 31,002
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 683
Irrigated & Plantation 184
Planted W/ Cereal 4,357
Cultivable 5,224
Non-Cultivable 25,778
before occupation
Year Population
1945 1,420
1948 1,647
Est. Refugees 1998 10,116
Schools An elementary school for boys which was founded in 1946, and in 1945 it had an enrollment of 55 students.
Inhabitants place of origin The village itself was inhabited by members of the Abu Sawayrih tribe, descendants of the al-Maliha Bedouin tribe who had lived in the Sinai desert.
Religious institutions One large mosque which remains standing to this date.
Shrines/maqams A shrine for al-Nabi Rubin who was honored with an annual mawsim.
Nearby wadies & rivers The village is located on the southern banks of the Rubin River (Wadi al-Sarar).
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Kibbutz Palmachim, Gan Soreq, & Hatsofim Dalet.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, all that remains of the village:
"The shrine of al-Nabi Rubin stands amid shrubs and other wild vegetation. A minaret that has three lancet-arched entrances stands at one end of it. A number of minor shrines built of large stones also remain. Near the shrine is a deserted, free-standing cement structure that consists of a single, box-shaped room."