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Al-Na’ima

 

 

Population   :

1931         : 858

1044/45     : 1240 ( 1030 Arabs, 210 Jews)

 

 

al-Na’ima before 1948

 

  The village was located on flat land in the north west portion of  the al-Hula Plain.  A secondary road linked it to the village  of al-Khalisa and to a highway leading to Safad and Tiberias. Its population was predominantly Muslim. It had a boys’ ele­mentary school. In 1944/45 a total of 156 dunums was allocated to cereals; 4,122 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards.

 

Occupation and Depopulation

 

A1-Na’ima was emptied of its population during Operation Yiftach (see Abil al-Qamh, Salad District). One of the main objectives of this operation was to seize control of the city of Safad. The final assault on Safad took place on 10—11 May 1948, and with the fall of the city, the residents of several villages in the district, already demoralized by psychological warfare and mortar shelling, panicked and left. Al-Na’ima was one of these villages; according to an Israeli intelligence report, its residents left on 14 May. It is likely that Israeli troops entered it shortly afterwards, but there is no account of the village’s subsequent fate.

 

Israeli Settlements on Village Lands

 

Ne’ot Mordekhay , built in 1946 on village land, is south of the site. North of the village site is the settlement of Beyt Hillel , built in 1940, and to the southeast is Kefar Blum , built some 2 km from the village in 1943.

 

 

The Village Today

 

Apart from a few trees, the site is hardly recognizable as the former location of a village. It has become part of the agricultural land of the plain.

 

Source(s):

al-Khalidi.  All That Remains

 

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