Destroyed Palestinian Villages 1948

1. A’aqer located 5.6 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 5,000. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Qiryat Eqron built on its 3,305 acres.

2. A’laar located 12.4 miles west of Bethlehem. Population: 40. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Matta’ built on its 3,089 acres.

3. Abdah located 31 miles south of Beersheba. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Sedeboqer built on its 133 acres.

4. Abel Al Qamh located 20.5 miles NE of Safad. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Yuval built on its 829 acres.

5. Abu Al Fadl located 7.5 miles NW of Ramlah. Population: 510. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Nahalat Yehuda and Neta’im built on its 718 acres.

6. Abu Shoushah located 5 miles S of Ramlah. Population: 870. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Bet Uziel built on its 832 acres.

7. Abu Shoushah located 3 miles NW of Tiberius near lake shore. Population: 1,240. Obliterated in 1948, with its 2,250 acres added to the Jewish kibbutz Ginnosar.

8. Abu Shoushah located 15.5 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 720. Obliterated in 1948, with its 2,240 acres added to the Jewish settlement of Mishmar Ha’emeq.

9. Abu Zuraiq located 14 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 550. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,623 acres were stolen.

10. Ajjour located 15.5 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 3,730. Obliterated in 1948 with the Jewish settlements of Agur, Giv’atyesha’yahu and Zafririm established on its 14,544 acres.

11. Ajnajoul located 9.3 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 140. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,850 acres were stolen.

12. Al Abbasiyah located 15.5 miles NE of Safad on Banyas River near the Syrian border. Population: 830. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,857 acres were stolen.

13. Al Abbasiyah located 8 miles east of Jaffa. Population: 5,650. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Or Yehuda built on its 5,135 acres.

14. Al Ashrafia located SW of Beisan. Population: 230. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,300 acres were stolen.

15. Al Barriah located 4.7 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 510. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Azarya established on its 708 acres.

16. Al Bashtewah located 3 miles NE of Beisan. Population: 1,560. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Neweur built on its 4,625 acres.

17. Al Bassah located near the Lebanese border and Mediterranean Sea. Population: 4,000. Obliterated with its two churches in 1948; the Jewish settlement of Nahal Bezet was built on its 6,315 acres.

18. Al Birah located north of Beisan near oil pipe line coming from Iraq. Population: 260. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,717 acres were stolen.

19. Al Birwawh located 5.6 miles east of Acre. Population: 1,460. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ahihud built on its 3,346 acres.

20. Al Buraij located 15.5 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 720. Obliterated in 1948; all its 4,770 acres were stolen.

21. Al Buraikah located 24 miles south of Haifa. Population: 290. Obliterated in 1948; all its 725 acres were stolen.

22. Al Burj located 2 miles NW of Ramlah. Population: 480. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,177 acres were stolen.

23. Al Butaimat located 21 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 110. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,080 acres were stolen.

24. Al Buwaiziyah located 18.6 miles NE of Safad. Population: 510. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,655 acres were stolen.

25.Al Dalhamiyah located 9.3 miles SE of Tiberius on the Jordan River. Population: 390. Obliterated in 1948; all of its 627 acres were incorporated into the Jewish settlement of Ashdot Yaaqov.

26. Al Damoun located 6.8 miles SE of Acre. Population: 1,310. Obliterated in 1948; all its 4,768 acres were stolen.

27. Al Darbashiyyah located 12.4 miles NE of Safad. Population: 310. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gonen built on its 721 acres.

28. Al Dardarah located 7.4 miles SW of Tulkarem. Population: 145. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz Eyal built on its 930 acres.

29. Al Dawwarh located 15.5 miles NE of Safad in north Houla plain. Population: 700. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,368 acres were stolen.

30. Al Dawwayimah located 15.5 miles west of Hebron. Population: 3,710. Obliterated in 1948. Many of its people who had taken refuge in one of its mosques were massacred. In 1955, the Jewish settlement of Amazya was built on its 15,146 acres.

31. Al Dhahiriyah Altahta located 2 miles SW of Safad. Population: 350. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,693 acres were stolen.

32. Al Faloujah located 18.6 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 4,670. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Qiryat Gat and Niir Hen built on its 9,510 acres.

33. Al Fatour located 5.6 miles south of Beisan. Population: 110. Obliterated in 1948, all its 182 acres were stolen.

34. Al Ghabisyyah located 9.6 miles NE of Acre. Population: 690. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Natir Ha Shayyara built on its 1,006 acres.

35. Al Ghazzawiyyah located 2.5 miles east of Beisan. Population: 1,020 . Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ma’oz Hayyim built on its 2,800 acres, which extended to the Jordan River.

36. Al Ghubayyah/ Lower located 15 miles SE of Haifa. Obliterated in 1948, with its 1,045 acres added to the Jewish kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emeq.

37. Al Ghubayyah/ Upper located 15.3 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948; all its 516 acres were stolen.

38. Al Hadithah located 6 miles NE of Ramlah. Population: 760. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hadid built on its 1,778 acres.

39. Al Hamidiyah located 2 miles north of Beisan. Population: 220. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hamadya built on its 2,483 acres.

40. Al Hamra’a located 6 miles south of Beisan. Population: 730. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Ti Tat zevi and Sede Eliyyahu built on its 2,264 acres.

41. Al Haram located 11 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 520. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Reshef, a suburb of Herzliyyah, built on its 1,008 acres.

42. Al Himmah located on the Yarmuk River, 14.6 miles south of Tiberius. Population: 290. Obliterated in 1951; all its 423 acres were stolen.

43. Al Husseiniyah located 7.5 miles NE of Safad. Population: 170. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hulata built on its 538 acres.

44. Al Jaladiya located 24.8 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 360. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,085 acres were incorporated into the Jewish settlement of Zerahya.

45. Al Jalamah located 6 miles NW of Tulkarem. Population: 70. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ahiyuv built on its 1,928 acres.

46. Al Jammamah located 24 miles NW of Beersheba. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ruhama built on its 164 acres.

47. Al Jammaseen- EAST located 4.3 miles north of Jaffa. Population: 730. Obliterated in 1948, with its 90 acres incorporated into the Jewish city of Telaviv.

48. Al Jammaseen- WEST located 4.5 miles north of Jaffa. Population: 1,080. Obliterated in 1948, with its104 acres incorporated into the Jewish city of Telaviv.

49. Al Jaounah located 6 miles east of Safad. Population: 1,150. Obliterated in 1948; all its 210 acres were stolen.

50. Al Jiyyah located 12.5 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 1,230. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Ge’a, Talme Yaff and Shioma built on its 2,127 acres.

51. Al Jourah/Asqalan located 15.5 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 2,420. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Ashqelon and Afridar built on its 3,056 acres.

52. Al Jourah/Jerusalem located 11.8 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 420. Obliterated in 1948, with the two Jewish settlements of Ora and Amminadav built on its 1,040 acres.

53. Al Jusayr located 24.8 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 1,180. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Zavtel, Menuha and Nir Banim built on its 3,090 acres.

54. Al Kabri located 9.3 miles NE of Acre. Population: 1,520. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz Kabri built in 1949 on its 11,857 acres.

55. Al Kafrayn located 18.6 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 920. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,721 acres were stolen.

56. Al Kawfakhah located 12.4 miles east of Gaza. Population: 500. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Nir Aqiva built on its 2,142 acres.

57. Al Khaesah located 24.8 miles NE of Safad. Population: 1,840. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Qiryat Shemona built on its 2,820 acres.

58. Al Khalasah located 9.3 miles SW of Beersheeba. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Rivivim built on its 86 acres.

59. Al Khaymah located 12.4 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 190. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,288 acres were stolen.

60. Al Khayriyyah located 5 miles east of Jaffa. Population: 1,420. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,414 acres were stolen.

61. Al Khisas located 21.7 miles NE of Safad. Population: 530. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hagosherim built on its 1,244 acres.

62. Al Khisas located 13.6 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,567 acres were stolen.

63. Al Khunayzeer located 6 miles SE of Beisan. Population: 260. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Tirat Zevi built on its 527 acres.

64. Al Kunayshah located 6 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 40. Obliterated in 1948; all its 968 acres were stolen.

65. Al Lajjoun located 1 1 miles NW of Jenin. Population: 1,103. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Megiddo built on its 2,125 acres.

66. Al Lidd located 9.3 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 18,250, of which about 17,000 were evicted from their homes on July 11, 1948. The town was renamed LOD, with most of the Palestinian houses now occupied by Jews.

67. Al Maghaar/Ramlah located 7.4 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 1,740. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,183 acres were stolen.

68. Al Mahmoudiyyah located 6 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 580. Obliterated in 1948; all its 130 acres were stolen.

69. Al Majdal/Tiberius The village of Mary of Magdalene. Population: Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Midgal built on its 26 acres.

70. Al Majdal/Tulkarem located 2 miles NNW of Tulkarem. Population: 75. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Sed Yzhao built on its 139 acres.

71. Al Malhah located 3 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 1,940. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,425 acres were stolen.

72. Al Malkiyyah located 22.6 miles north of Safad. Population: 360. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz Malkiyyah built in 1949 on its 1,832 acres.

73. Al Mallahah located 15.5 miles NE of Safad. Population: 890. Obliterated in 1948; all its 463 acres were stolen.

74. Al Manarah located 5.6 miles south of Tiberius. Population: 490. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,347 acres were stolen.

75. Al Manshiyyah/Tulkarem located 8 miles NW of Tulkaram. Population:260. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Omez and Hamap’il built on its 4,192 acres.

76. Al Manshiyyah/Acre located 1.6 miles NE of Acre. Population: 810. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,248 acres were stolen.

77. Al Mansi located 18 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 1,200. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,068 acres were stolen.

78. Al Mansourah/Acre located 26.7 miles NE of Acre. Population: 688. Obliterated in 1948; all its 8,503 acres were stolen.

79. Al Mansourah/Ramlah located 5.6 miles south of Ramalah. Population: 90. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Mazkeret Batya built on its 557 acres.

80. Al Masmiiyah Al Sagheerah located 29 miles NE of Gaza. Population:530. Obliterated in 1948; all its1,620 acres were stolen.

81. Al Masmiiyah Al Kubra located 28 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 2,410. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Bebe Reem, Talme Yehi, El, Hszaf and Bene A Yish built on its 5,115 acres.

82. Al Masoudiyyah located 1 mile NE of Tel Aviv. Population: 850. Obliterated in 1948, with its 255 acres incorporated into the Jewish city of Tel Aviv.

83. Al Mazar/Haifa located 12 miles south of Haifa. Population: 210. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,780 acres were stolen.

84. Al Mazar/Jenin located 25 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 270. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,625 acres were stolen.

85. Al Mifrakhirah located NE of Safad 2 miles from the Syrian border. Population:350. Obliterated in 1948; all of its 1,405 acres were stolen.

86. Al Mijaydal located 5 miles of SE of Nazareth. Population: 1,900. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Migdal Ha’emeq built in 1952 on its 2,088 acres.

87. Al Mouwyleh located 7.4 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 360. Obliterated in 1948; all its 836 acres were stolen.

88. Al Mughayyer located 3 miles west of Tulkarem. Population: 75. Obliterated in 1948; all its lands were stolen.

89. Al Muharraqah located 11 miles SE of Gaza. Population: 580. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Yakini built on its 1,214 acres.

90. Al Mukhayzen located 18.6 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 200. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Bet Hilquiyyah built in 1949 on its 3,137 acres.

91. Al Murassas located 6 miles NW of Beisan. Population: 460. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Bet Ha Shitta and Sede’nahum built on its 3,619 acres.

92. Al Muzayri’ah located 10 miles NE of Ramlah. Population: 1,160. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Mazor built on its 2,345 acres.

93. Al Na’emah located 13 miles NE of Safad. Population: 1,420. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,185 acres were stolen.

94. Al Nabi Rubeen located 5 miles south of Jaffa. Population: 1,420. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gan Soreq built in 1950 on its 7,750 acres.

95. Al Nabi Youshaa located 19 miles NE of Safad. Population: 70. Obliterated in 1948; all its 904 acres were stolen.

96. Al Naghnaghiyyah located 15.5 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 693. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,465 acres were stolen.

97. Al Nahr & Al Tal located 8.7 miles NE of Acre. Two villages near each other with a total population of 610. Obliterated in 1948; their combined lands of 1,318 acres were stolen.

98. Al Maqeeb located on the east coast of Lake Tiberius, 5 miles east of the city of Tiberius. Population: 320. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz En Gev built on its 790 acres.

99. Al Qabou located 11 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 260. Obliterated in 1948; all its 952 acres were stolen.

100. Al Qastal located 6 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 90. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kastal built on its 360 acres.

101. Al Oasteenah located 16.7 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 890. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Arugot built on its 2,061 acres.

102. Al Qibab located 6 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 1,980. Obliterated in 1949 after many of its people were massacred; the Jewish settlement of Ayyalon was built on its 3,188 acres.

103. Al Qubaybah located 16.7 miles west of Hebron. Population: 1,060. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Lakhish built on its 2,684 acres.

104. Al Qubaybah located 7.4 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 1,720. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kefar Ha Nagid built on its 2,978 acres.

105. Al Qudayriyyah located 11 miles south of Safad. Population: 390. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,122 acres were stolen.

106. Al Ramlah located 12.5 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 16,380. Occupied in 1948. Most of its inhabitants were forcefully evicted, while a few hundred remained. The town, renamed Ramlah, was taken over by Jewish immigrants who stole and occupied the houses of the Palestinians. In time they confiscated an additional 442 acres of surrounding lands and gardens. 107. Alrasalahmar located 7.4miles north of Safad. Population: 645. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kerem Ben Zimra built on its 1,984 acres.

108. Al Ruways located 6 miles SE of Acre. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948; all its 291 acres were stolen.

109. Al Saferiyyah located 6.8 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 3,070. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Zafriyya built on its 3,187 acres.

110. Al Safsaaf located 3 miles NE of Safad. Population: 910. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Sifsufa built on its 1,848 acres.

111. Al Sakhenah located 6 miles north of Beisan. Population: 530. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gan Ha Shilosha built on its 1,600 acres.

112. Al Salhiyyah located 11.8 miles NE of Safad. Population: 1,520. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,402 acres were stolen.

113. Al Sameriyyah located 5 miles south of Beisan. Population: 250. Obliterated in 1948; all its 968 acres were stolen.

114. Al Samou’l located 3 miles west of Safad. Population: 310. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kefar Shmmay built on its 3,784 acres.

115. Al Samrah located on SE shore of Lake Tiberius, 1.2 miles NE of Samakh. Population: 290. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ha On built on its 3,141 acres.

116. Al Sanbariyyah located 17.4 miles north of Safad. Population: 130. Obliterated in 1948; all its 633 acres were stolen.

117. Al Sarafand located 15.5 miles south of Haifa. Population: 290. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Aerufa built on its 1,352 acres.

118. Al Sawafeer- East located 25.4 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 960. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of En Zurim and Merkaz Shipira built on its 3,458 acres.

119. Al Sawafeer-West located 24.8 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 1,030. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Mass’out Yizhaq built on its 1,881 acres.

120. Al Sawafeer- North located 1.2 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 680. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Defar Warburg built on its 1,465 acres.

121. Al Shajarah located 23 miles west of Tiberius. Population: 770. Obliterated in 1948; all its 939 acres were stolen.

122. Al Sheikh Helou located 23.6 miles south of Haifa. Population: 820. Obliterated in 1948; all its lands of 368 acres were stolen.

123. Al Sheikh Mu’aness located 3 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 1,930. Obliterated in 1948, all its 1,402 acres were incorporated into the Jewish city of Telaviv.

124. Al Shounah located 6 miles south of Safad. Population: 170. Obliterated in 1948; all its 915 acres were stolen.

125. Al Sindiyyanah located 21.7 miles south of Haifa. Population: 1,250. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish reservation of Ya’ar Allona built in 1949 on its 3,543 acres.

126. Al Tabghah located 8 miles north of Tiberius, on lake Tiberius. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Tabghah built on its 1,347 acres.

127. Al Tantorah located 18.6 miles south of Haifa. Population: 1,490. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Dor and kibbutz Nahsholim built on its 2,880 acres.

128. Al Tirah-Beisan located 18.6 miles NW of Beisan. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gazit built on its 2,552 acres.

129. Al Ubaydiyyah located on Jordan River near Samakh, south of the lake. Population: 870. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,293 acres were stolen.

130. Al ulmaniyyah located 14.3 miles NE of Safad. Population: 260. Obliterated in 1948; all its 292 acres were stolen.

131. Al Walajah located 6 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 1,656. Obliterated in 1948; all its 4,402 acres were stolen.

132. Al Zanghariyyah located 3 miles east of Safad. Population: 840. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Elifeletit built on its 6,980 acres.

133. Al Zawiyyah located 12.4 miles NE of Safad. Population: 760. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ne’ot Mordekhay built on its 989 acres.

134. Al Zeeb located 9.3 miles north of Acre. Population: 1,910. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gersher Ha Ziw built in 1949 on its 3,152 acres.

135. Al Zouq Al Foquani located 20.5 miles north of Safad, near Lebanese border. Population 150. Obliterated in 1958, with the Jewish settlement of Mayan Baruch built on its 458 acres.

136. Al Zouq Al Tahtani located 18.6 miles north of Safad. Population: 1,050. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Bet Hillel built on its 2,908 acres.

137. Al-Na’ani located 5 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 1,470. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ramot Me’ir built on its 2.572 acres.

138. Al-Taynah located 24.8 miles south of Jaffa. Population: 750. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,509 acres were stolen.

139. Alma located 6 miles north of Safad. Population: 950. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Alma built on its 4,937 acres.

140. Ammouqah located 3.7 miles NE of Safad. Population: 140. Obliterated in 1948; all its 644 acres were stolen.

141. Annabah located 18.6 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 1,420. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kefar Shemu’el built on its 3,209 acres.

142. Aqour located 12 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 40. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,381 acres were stolen.

143. Arab Abou Kishk located 13 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 1,900. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Shmon Nave Hadar built on its 4,343 acres.

144. Arab Al Aridah located 5.6 miles SE of Beisan. Population: 650. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,130 acres were stolen.

145. Arab Al Aridah located 5.6 miles SE of Beisan. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948, with the settlement of Sedeeliyyahu built on its 570 acres.

146. Arab Al Bawati located in the plains of Beisan, south of Lake Tiberius. Population: 520. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,309 acres were stolen.

147. Arab Al Nufay’at located 31 miles south of Haifa. Population: 820. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Giv’at Olga built on its 313 acres.

148. Arab Al Sammakiyah located 8.7 miles NE of Tiberius. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,632 acres were stolen.

149. Arab Alsawahimah located 10 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 800. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ramat Hayyal built on its 1,486 acres.

150. Arab Al Shmalinah located 14.9 miles SE of Safad. Population: 650. Obliterated in 1950; all its 4,173 acres, which were in the demilitarized zone, were stolen.

151. Arab Al Zubayd located 15 miles NE of Safad. Population: 275. Obliterated in 1948; all its lands of 380 acres were stolen.

152. Artouf located 21.6 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 350. Obliterated in 1948, all its 101 acres were stolen.

153. Asdoud located 25 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 4,630. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish town and port of Ashdod built on its 11,486 acres.

154. Aslouj located 18.6 miles south of Beersheba. Population: 500, semi-nomadic, surrounding lands used for barley growing. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Mash’abbe Sade and Rvivim built on its stolen lands.

155. Awjaal Hafir located 46 miles SW of Beersheba. Population: 255. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Qezi’ot built in 1953 on its stolen lands.

156. Azeeziya located 19 miles NE of Safad. Population: 390. Obliterated in 1948; all its 102 acres were stolen.

157. Baisamoun located NE of Safad near the shores of old lake Houlah. Population:50. Obliterated in 1948; all its 526 acres were stolen.

158. Balad Al Shiekh located 3 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 4,120. Obliterated in 1948, all its 2,308 acres were stolen and divided between Haifa and the Jewish settlement of Nesher.

159. Barbarah located 13 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 2,410. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Mayqiim built on its 3,361 acres.

160. Barfieliah located 4.3 miles SE of Ramiah. Population: 730. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,784 acres were stolen.

161. Barquousia located 15.5 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948, all its 804 acres were stolen.

162. Bashit located 11 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 1,620. Obliterated in 1948; Benaya,Aseret and other Jewish settlements were built on its 4,633 acres.

163. Beer Al Sab’a occupied by the Jews on October 21, 1948; all 5,570 Palestinians were evicted, their homes occupied and their town renamed Be’er Shava.

164. Beer Mou’in located 2 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 510. Obliterated in 1948; all 2,330 acres were stolen.

165. Beer Salem located 2.5 miles west of Ramiah. Population: 410. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Nes Ziyyonabuilt on its 850 acres.

166. Beisan town located 21.7 miles south of lake Tiberius. Population in 1948 was 5,180 Palestinians and 20 Jews. On December 5, 1948 the town was occupied by Jewish forces and all Palestinians were evicted and the town partially blown up. It was rebuilt as the Jewish city of Bet She’an.

167 .Beit Affah located 18.6 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 700. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Yad Natan built on its 1,452 acres.

168. Beit Dajan located 6 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 3,840. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Bet Dajan built on its 4,317 acres.

169. Beit Daras located 22.3 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 2,750. Obliterated in 1948, with many of its Palestinian inhabitants massacred. Jewish settlements of Givati and Orot were built on its 4,089 acres.

170. Beit Itab located 9.3 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 540. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Nesharim and Bar Giyyoria built on its 2,189 acres.

171. Beit Jeez located 9.3 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 550. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Harel built on its 2,089 acres.

172. Beit Jeraja located 9.3 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 940. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,088 acres were stolen.

173. Beit Jibreen located 12.4 miles NW of Jerusalem. Population: 26. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,107 acres were stolen.

174. Beit Jibreen located 16 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 2,340. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Bet Guvrin built on its 14,046 acres.

175. Beit Mahsir located 12.4 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 2,400. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Betme’ir built on its 4,067 acres.

176. Beit Nabala located 9.3 miles NE of Ramlah. Population: 2,310. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,763 acres were stolen.

177. Beit Naqouba located 8 miles NW of Jerusalem. Population: 240. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Beit Duqqu built on its 506 acres.

178. Beit Nattief located 15.5 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 2,150. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Halamed, Zanoah and Avi’ezer built on its 11,147 acres.

179. Beit Nouba located 14.3 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 1,350. Occupied and obliterated in 1948, with Jewish army camps built on its 2,850 acres.

180. Beit Shannah located 6 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 210. Obliterated in 1948; all its 904 acres were stolen.

181. Beitsouseen located 16 miles West of Jerusalem. Population: 210. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Aor’a built on its 1,620 acres.

182. Beit Timah located 14.3 miles NE of Gaza, near Hulagat oil field. Population:1,060. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,758 acres were stolen.

183. Beit Umm Al Mees located 6 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 70. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ramat Razi’el built on its 253 acres.

184. Bilin located 30.4 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 180. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,875 acres were stolen.

185. Biriah located just north of Safad. Population: 240. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,370 acres were stolen.

186. Bourair located 13 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 2,749. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Helez, Zohar Beror Hayil and Telamim built on its 11,250 acres.

187. Burquah located 30 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 890. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ganyavne built on its 1,253 acres.

188. Byar Adas located 9.3 miles NE of Jaffa. Obliterated in 1948, after most of its 300 villagers were massacred. The Jewish settlement of Gan Hayyim was built on its 1,343 acres.

189. Daliat Al Rawha’a located 15.5 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 280. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,502 acres were stolen.

190. Dallatan located 5 miles north of Safad. Population: 360. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Dalton built on its 2,269 acres.

191. Dannah located 7.4 miles NW of Beisan. Population: 190. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,654 acres were stolen.

192. Danyal located 3.7 miles east of Ramlah. Population: 41 0. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Defar Daniyyel built on its 702 acres.

193. Dar Al Sheikh located 11 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 220. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Nes Harim built on its 1,695 acres.

194. Darad Al Ghannamah located 5.6 miles NE of Safad. Population: 360. Obliterated in 1951, with the Jewish settlement of Ayyelet Ha Shahar built on its 950 acres.

195. Dayshoum located 8.7 miles north of Safad. Population: 590. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Dishon built on its 5,761 acres.

196. Deiraban located 12.4 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 2,100. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Mahseya built in 1950 on its 5,687 acres.

197. Deir Abou Salamah located 3 miles east of Lod. Population: 60.Obliterated in 1948; all its 299 acres were stolen.

198. Deir Al Dubban located 15.5 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 730. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Luzit built in 1955 on its 1,946 acres.

199. Deir Al Hawa located 7.4 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 60. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Nes Harim built in 1950 on its 1,477 acres.

200. Deir Al Oassi located 16.7 miles NE of Acre. Population: 2,300. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Elqosh built on its 8,411 acres.

201. Deir Arm located 11 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 50. Also had an agricultural school for Palestinian orphans. Obliterated in 1948; all its 768 acres were stolen.

202. Deir Ayhoub located 6 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 320. Population was removed in 1949, with the village obliterated and the Jewish settlement of Shaar Hagay built on its 1,507 acres.

203. Deir Muhaysen located 8 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 460. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Beqoa built on its 2,502 acres.

204. Deir Nakhaas located 24.8 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 600. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Nahosha built in 1955 on its 3,619 acres.

205. Deir Sunayd located 7.4 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 730. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Yad Modekhay and Erez built on its 1,430 acres.

206. Deir Tarif located 6 miles NE of Ramlah. Population: 1,750. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Bet A’rif and Kefar Truman built on its 2,189 acres.

207. Deir Yassin located 2.5 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 600, over 250 of whom, mainly old men, women and children were massacred in cold blood on April 9-10, 1948 by Zionist terrorists of the Irgun and the Stern Gang. The Palestinian village was obliterated and the Jewish settlement of Gibat Shaul was built on its 714 acres.

208. Dirmah located 5 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 520. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Erez built on its 2,123 acres.

209. East Batani located 33.5 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 650. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Orot built on its 1,441 acres.

210. Ein Al Zytoun located 2.5 miles north of Safad. Population: 820. Obliterated on May 6,1948, with many of its Palestinian inhabitants massacred. The Jewish settlement of En Zetim was built on its 275 acres.

211. Ein Ghazal located 15.5 miles south of Haifa. Population: 3,500. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of En Ayyala built on its 4,500 acres.

216. Ein Hasab located 22.3 miles south of Dead Sea. Population: 145. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of En Hazeva built on its stolen lands.

217. Ein Hawd located 10.5 miles south of Haifa. Population: 650. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of En Hod and Nir Ezyon built on its 3,151 acres.

218. Ein Kaarem located 5 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 3,900. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish hospital complex Zur Hadassa built on its 3,757 acres.

219. Endor located 13.6 miles SE of Nazareth. Population: 620. Obliterated on December 31, 1949, with the Jewish settlement of Endor built on its 3,111 acres.

220. Eshoa located 16.7 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 620. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Hartouf and Eshta’ol built on its 1,381 acres.

221. Fajjah located 9.3 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 1,200. Obliterated in 1948, with eastern Jewish suburb of Pitah Tikwa built on its stolen land.

222. Farah located 8 miles NW of Safad. Population: 320. Obliterated in 1948; all its 182 acres were stolen.

223. Fardeesya located 25 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 20. Obliterated in 1948; all its 273 acres were stolen.

224. Farradiyyah located 6 miles SW of Safad. Population: 670 of whom 100 Palestinians were massacred when the Jews occupied it in 1948. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Parod built on its 4,687 acres.

225. Farwanah located 6 miles south of Beisan. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Rewaya, Sede Terumot and Rehov built on its 1,249 acres.

226. Fer’em located 4.3 miles NE of Safad. Population: 740. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hazor Ha Gelitit built on its 522 acres.

227. Futays located 10.5 miles NW of Beersheba. Population: 150. Obliterated in 1948 with the Jewish settlement of Pattish built on its 253 acres.

228. Ghabat Al Ababishah located 9.3 miles NE of Jaffa. Population:150. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Kefar Shemaryahu and Rishpon built on its 611 acres.

229. Ghabat Kufr Sour located 10.5 miles SW of Tulkarem. Population: 740. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Bet Yeshoshua, Tel Yizhao and Kefar Netter built on its 4,917 acres.

230. Ghabbayiyah located 10.5 miles NW of Safad. Population: 60. Obliterated in 1948; all its 733 acres were stolen.

231. Ghurabah located 16 miles NE of Safad. Population: 200. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz Gonen built on its 738 acres.

232. Hadathah located 3 miles NW of Lake Tiberius. Population: 520. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,585 acres were stolen.

233. Haifa located on the Mediterranean Sea. Population: 70,000 Palestinians, most of whom were evicted from their homes in 1948 after threats to kill them. All their houses and lands were subsequently stolen by Jews who settled in them.

234. Hamamah located 19 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 5,010. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Nizzanim and Bet Ezra built on its 10,342 acres.

235. Hatta located 18.6 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 970. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Rewaha built on its 1,326 acres.

236. Hirbia located 6 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 2,240. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Karmiyya, Yad Mordekhsy, and Zi built on its 5,578 acres.

237. Hittin located 6.5 miles west of Tiberius. Population: 1,190. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kefarzetim built on its 5,691 acres.

238. Hoj located 11 miles east of Gaza. Population: 81 0. Obliterated in 1948 with the Jewish settlements of Dorot and Gevim built on its 5,497 acres.

239. Hoshah located 8.7 miles east of Haifa. Population: 400. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,250 acres were stolen.

240. Houlayqat located 15.5 miles NE of Gaza, near oil field. Population:420. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Helez built on its 1,766 acres.

241. Houneen located 26 miles north of Safad. Population: 1,620. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,434 acres were stolen.

242. Ibdes located 26.7 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 540. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,148 acres were stolen.

243. Idhnibbah located 31 miles south of Jaffa. Population: 490. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Haruvit built on its 1,778 acres.

244. Ijleel North & South located 8.7 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 470. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gelilot built on its 4,413 acres. It is now incorporated as a suburb of Herzliyya.

245. Ijzem located 17.4 miles south of Haifa. Population: 2,970. Obliterated in 1948 with the Jewish settlement of Kerem Maharal built on its 11,726 acres of stolen land.

246. Ikret located NE of Acre near the Lebanese border. Population of 500 Palestinians, all Maronite Christians, who were forced to evacuate their village in 1948. All the village buildings were blown up on Christmas day, 1952, and all its 6,181 acres were stolen.

247. Imwas located 17.4 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 1,450. Obliterated in 1967. All its 1,288 acres were stolen and its people driven away.

248. Iraq Al Manshiyyah located 30.4 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 2,800. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Gat, Qiryat Gat, Sede Moshhe and Shahar built on its 3,300 acres.

249. Iraq Souweydan located 21.7 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 660. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Nogan, Sede Yo’av and Ozem built on its 1,885 acres.

250. Isleen located 17.4 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 260. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Eshta’ol built on its 540 acres.

251. Jaba’a located 13 miles south of Haifa. Population: 1,140. The village was bombarded from air on July 7, 1948, and later completely obliterated, with the Jewish settlements of Geva Karmel and Zeruea built on its 1,753 acres.

252. Jabboul located 6 miles north of Beisan. Population: 250. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Bet yosef built on its 3,782 acres.

253. Jahoula located 8.7 miles NE of Safad. Population: 357. Obliterated in 1948; all its 967 acres were stolen.

254. Jamzou located 2.5 miles east of Lyddah (Lid). Population: 1,510. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gimzo built on its 2,420 acres.

255. Jarash located 17.4 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 190. Obliterated in 1948; all its 880 acres were stolen.

256. Jelyah located 3 miles south of Ramlah. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,587 acres were stolen.

257. Jia’arah located 23 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 70 Palestinians who were forced to leave in 1945. The village was obliterated and its stolen lands were added to the Jewish kibbutz En Hashofet.

258. Jiddeen located 12.5 miles NE of Acre. Population: 1,500. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,897 acres were stolen.

259. Jisr Al Majame located 9.3 miles NE of Beisan. Population: 250. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gesher built on its 125 acres.

260. Joles located 18 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 1,030. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hodiyya built on its 3,396 acres.

261. Jub youssef located 2.5 miles SE of Safad. Population: 170. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,831 acres were stolen. In its place today are the pumping installations of the Jordan-Negev pipeline.

262. Jurayshah located 3 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 195. Obliterated in 1948; all its 139 acres were incorporated into the Jewish city of Telaviv.

263. Kafar Aanah located 6.8 miles east of Jaffa. Population: 2,800. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Qiryat Ono and Yehuda built on its 4,338 acres.

264. Kafarh located 4.3 miles north of Beisan. Population: 430. Obliterated in 1948; all its lands of 2,293 acres were stolen.

265. Karaarah located 20.5 miles south of Haifa. Population: 120. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,088 acres were stolen.

266. Karad Al Baqqarah located 6 miles NE of Safad, in the demilitarized zone with Syria. Population: 350. Obliterated in 1951; all its 535 acres were stolen.

267. Karatia located 16.7 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 1,370. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Azem, Nehora and Oomemiyyut built on its 3,427 acres.

268. Kasla located 10 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 280. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kesalon built on its 2,001 acres.

269. Kawkaba located 18.6 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 680. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Mikhael Sobell built on its 2,136 acres.

270. Kawkabal Hawa located 9.3 miles north of Beisan. Population: 300. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,487 acres were stolen.

271. Kefar Biri’m located 10.5 miles NW of Safad. Population: 1,000, all Catholic (Maronite) Christians. Obliterated in 1953, with the Jewish kibbutz Bar’am built on its 3,063 acres.

272. Kfar Inan located 9.3 miles SW of Safad. Population: 360 Palestinians, half of whom were pushed into the Mst Bank on February 4,1949. The rest remained near the village and petitioned the Israeli Government to return to their village. In answer to their petition, the Israeli army blew up all the houses and obliterated the village.

273. Kfar Lam located 16 miles south of Haifa. Population: 240. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Habonim built on its 1,710 acres.

274. Kfar Sabt located 13 miles SW of Tiberius. Population: 480. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,185 acres were stolen.

275. Kharroubah located 1.2 miles NE of Safad. Population: 170. Obliterated in 1948; all its 844 acres were stolen.

276. Khirbat Abdu Zenah located on Jordan River where it joins Lake Tiberius, SE of Safad. Population: 650. Obliterated in 1948; all its 4,173 acres were stolen.

277. Khirbat Al Bouwayrah located 6 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 190. Obliterated in 1948; all its 288 acres were stolen.

278. Khirbat Al Damoun located 8 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 340. Obliterated in 1948, all its 699 acres were stolen.

279. Khirbat Al Harrawi located 12.4 miles north of Safad. Population:174. Obliterated in 1948, with its 932 acres added to the Jewish settlement of Ramot Naftali.

280. Khirbat Al Loz located 8.68 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 450. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,126 acres were stolen.

281. Khirbat Al Omour located 10 miles west of Jerusalem. Population:270. Obliterated in 1948; all its 969 acres were stolen.

282. Khirbat Al Quizazah located 1.2 miles east of Hadera. Population:1,000. Obliterated in 1948, with its 3,709 acres incorporated into the Jewish settlement of Hadera.

283. Khirbatal Wa’arah Al Soudah located 3 miles NW of Tiberius. Population: 1,870. Obliterated in 1948, all its 1,759 acres were stolen.

284. Khirbat Beit Far located 9.3 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 300. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Zelafon built on its 1,401 acres.

285. Khirbat Khuraysh located 15.5 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 70.Obliterated in 1949, with the Jewish settlement of Yarhiv built on its 914 acres.

286. Khirbat Lidd located 21.7 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 640. Obliterated in 1948; all its 893 acres were stolen.

287. Khirbat Sheikha Mohmed located 24.8 miles NE of Jaffa. Population:150. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements Hogla, Elyashiv, Kefar Vitkin and Haroe built around its 164 acres.

288. Khirbat Umm Al Bourj located 12.5 miles NW of Hebron. Population:250. Obliterated in 1967; all its 3,271 acres were stolen.

289. Khirbat Zakariya located 15.5 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 200. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,135 acres were stolen.

290. Khiyam Al Waleed located 15.5 miles NE of Safad. Population: 280. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Lahovot Habashan built on its 1,079 acres.

291. Khuldah located 24 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 290. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz Even Yizhao built on its 589 acres.

292. Khuldah located 9.3 miles south of Ramlah. Population: 280. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Tel Shahr built on its 2,365 acres.

293. Ki Dna located 18.6 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 450. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gal’on built on its 3,931 acres.

294. Kifar Saba located 15.5 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 1,270. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,422 acres were stolen.

295. Kouwaykat located 9.3 miles NE of Acre. Population: 1,050. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Nahal Bet Ha Emeq built on its 1,181 acres.

296. Kurnob located 25 miles south of Beersheba. Population: 155. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Dimona built on its stolen lands.

297. Lazzazah located in extreme north of Palestine on Hesbani River. Population: 230. Obliterated in 1948; all its 161 acres were stolen.

298. Lifta located 0.6 miles NW of Jerusalem. Population: 2,550. Obliterated in 1948, with its 1,997 acres now a suburb of West Jerusalem.

299. Loni located 3 miles NW of Jerusalem. Population: 900. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,013 acres were stolen.

300. Louba located 5.6 miles west of Tiberius. Population: 2,350. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Lavi built on its 9,907 acres.

301. Ma’aloul located 13.6 miles SW of Tiberius. Population: 480. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,582 acres were stolen.

302. Ma’aloul located 7 miles west of Nazareth. Population: 690. Obliterated in 1948, with its 523 acres added to the Jewish settlement of Nahalal.

303. Majdal Al Sadeq located 8 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 2,500. Obliterated in 1948; its 6,658 acres became a suburb of the Jewish settlement of Petah Tikwa.

304. Majidal Asqalan located 15.5 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 13,000 Palestinians who were all evicted from their homes which were given to Jewish immigrants in 1948. The town was renamed Ashqelon.

305. Mansourat Al Khsyt located 6 miles east of Safad. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz Kefar Ha Nasi built on its 1,684 acres.

306. Marous located 5.6 miles NE of Safad. Obliterated in 1948 after its population of 80 Palestinians were evicted from their homes, and their lands stolen.

307. Maseel Al Jizi located 5 miles SE of Beisan. Population: 100. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,468 acres were stolen.

308. Mayroun located 6 miles SW of Safad. Population: 290. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Meron built on its 238 acres.

309. Me’ar located 6 miles SE of Acre. Population: 770. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,468 acres were stolen.

310. Miskha located 9.3 miles SW of Tulkarem. Population: 880. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ramat Ha Kosvesh built on its 2,019 acres.

311. Mughalles located 18.6 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 540. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gefen built on its 2,864 acres.

312. Mughr Al Khyat located 9.3 miles NE of Safad. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,561 acres were stolen.

313. Na’alia located 12.4 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 1,310. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,308 acres were stolen.

314. Najd located 10.5 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 620. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Dorot built on its 3,394 acres.

315. Naser Al Deen located 4.3 miles SW of Tiberius. Population: 110. On the night of 13 April 1948, the Irgun sent its terrorists dressed as Palestinians, who were welcomed into the village. As soon as they were in, they opened fire and massacred 70 innocent men, women and children; the rest escaped. The village was then obliterated and its 1,347 acres stolen.

316. Natafi located 8 miles NW of Jerusalem. Population:40.Obliterated in 1948; all its 373 acres were stolen.

317. Nimreen located 11.8 miles west of Tiberius. Population: 320. Obliterated in 1948, all its 2,199 acres were stolen.

318. Nores located 12.4 miles NE of Jenin. Population: 570. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,564 acres were stolen.

319. Olam located 16 miles SW of Tiberius. Population: 720. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,750 acres were stolen.

320. Qabb’ah located 7.4 miles NE of Safad. Population: 460. Obliterated in 1948; all its 3,454 acres were stolen.

321. Qaddita located 21 miles north of Safad. Population: 390. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,535 acres were stolen.

322. Qaddita located 4.3 miles NW of Safad. Population: 240. Obliterated in 1948; all its 610 acres were stolen.

323. Qanneer located 25 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 750. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Regavim built on its 2,820 acres.

324. Qaqoun located 4.3 miles NW of Tulkarem. Population: 1,970. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Gan Yoshiyyah and Ha’ogen built on its 10,442 acres.

325. Qatarah located 9.3 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 1,210. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gedera built on its 1,325 acres.

326. Qatiyyah located 18 miles NE of Safad. Population: 940. Obliterated in 1948; its 1,298 acres were stolen and added to the Jewish settlement of Bet Hillel.

327. Qazazah located 11 miles south of Ramlah. Population: 940. Obliterated in 1947 after many of its Palestinian inhabitants were massacred, and all of its 4,707 acres stolen.

328. Qeerah Wa Qamoun located 14.6 miles SW of Haifa. Population: 250. Obliterated in 1948; all of its lands were stolen.

329. Qisariyah located 26 miles SSW of Haifa, on the sea shore. Population: 960. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Or’aqiva built on its 7,697 acres.

330. Qoulah located 18.6 miles east of Jaffa. Population: 1,010. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,026 acres were stolen.

331. Qoumiah located 6 miles NW of Beisan. Population: 440. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of En Hardo and Tel Yosef built on its 1,225 acres.

332. R’ana located 14.3 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 190. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,731 acres were stolen.

333. Rantiyyah located 9.3 miles east of Jaffa. Population: 590. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Rinnatya built on its 1,097 acres.

334. Ras Abou Ammar located 11.8 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 620. Obliterated in 1948; all it 2,086 acres were stolen.

335. Sa’as’a located 9.3 miles NW of Safad. Population: 1,130. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Sasa built on its 3,699 acres.

336. Sabalan located 14.9 miles NW of Safad. Population: 70. Obliterated in 1948; all its 448 acres were stolen.

337. Sabbareen located 21.7 miles south of Haifa. Population: 1,700. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ammiqam built on its 5,375 acres.

338. Saffouriyah located 4.3 miles north of Nazareth. Population: 4,330. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Zippori built on its 13,845 acres.

339. Salahah located 10.5 miles NW of Safad, near Lebanese border. Population: 1,070. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Yir’on built on its 2,934 acres.

340. Salamah located 3 miles east of Jaffa. Population: 6,670. Obliterated in 1948; its 1,696 acres became a suburb of Tel Aviv known as Kefar Shaem.

341. Salbeet located 6 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 510. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Sha’alvim built in 1951 on its 1,528 acres.

342. Samakh located at southern tip of Lake Tiberius. Population: 3,460. Obliterated in 1948, with a Jewish holiday village built on its 4,653 acres.

343. Saqiyah located 12.4 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 1,100. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Tirat Yehuda built on its 1,355 acres.

344. Sara’ah located 19 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 340. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Zor’a and Tarum built on its 1,240 acres.

345. Sarafand Al Amaar located 2.5 miles west of Lod. Population: 1,950. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Nirzevi built on its 3,317 acres.

346. Sarafand Al Kharab located 3.7 miles west of Ramlah. Population: 840. Obliterated in 1948; its 1,326 acres were divided among the Jewish settlements of Be’er Yaaqyv, Bet Hanan, and Rishon Le Ziyyon.

347. Saris located 9.3 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 560. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Shoresh built on its 2,675 acres.

348. Saronah located 3 miles NE of Jaffa. Population: 800. Obliterated in 1948, with its 238 acres incorporated into the Jewish city of Tel Aviv.

349. Sataf located 7.4 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 450. Obliterated in 1948; all its 944 acres were stolen.

350. Saydoun located 3 miles SE of Ramlah. Population: 210. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,026 acres were stolen.

351. Shahmah located 11 miles SW of Ramiah. Population: 280. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Qidron built on its 1,613 acres.

352. Sheikh Daoud located 9.3 miles NE of Acre. Population: 300. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,165 acres were stolen.

353. Shielta located 9.3 miles east of Ramlah. Population: 100. Obliterated i n 1948, with the settlement of Shilat established on its stolen lands of 1,345 acres.

354. Shokah Al Tahita located 21.7 miles NE of Safad, near Dan. Population:200. Obliterated in 1948; all its 533 acres were stolen.

355. Simsem located 11.8 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 1,290. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gevar’am built on its 3,449 acres.

356. Sireen located 7.4 miles north of Beisan. Population: 810. Obliterated in 1948; all its 7,114 acres were stolen.

357. Souba located 6 miles west of Jerusalem. Population: 620. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Aova built on its 1,026 acres.

358. Sufla located 14.9 miles WSW of Jerusalem. Population: 60. Obliterated in 1948; all its 515 acres were stolen.

359. Suhmata located 10.5 miles NE of Acre. Population: 1,130. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hosen built in 1949 on its 4,230 acres.

360. Sumayriyyah located 2.5 miles north of Acre. Population: 760. Obliterated in 1948; all its 2,129 acres were stolen.

361. Summail located 30.4 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 950. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Qedma and Nahala built on its 4,826 acres.

362. Tabariah. The city of Tiberius. In 1948 it had a population of 5,744 Palestinians and 5,566 Jews. All Palestinians were expelled from their homes, which were then occupied by Jewish immigrants, and all the stolen lands of the Palestinians were made into the Jewish city of Teverya.

363. Tabou’n located 11 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 239. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Oiryat Tiv’on built on its 18 acres.

364. Tarbikha located 2 miles north of Acre. Population , 900. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Shamerat built on its 3,657 acres.

365. Taytaba located 6 miles north of Safad. Population: 530. Obliterated in 1948, all its 2,113 acres were stolen.

366. Tel Al Safi located 21.7 miles SW of Jerusalem. Population: 1,290. Obliterated in 1948; all its 6,625 acres were stolen.

367. Tel Al Shoak located 2 miles west of Beisan. Population: 120. Obliterated in 1948; all its 255 acres were stolen.

368. Tel Al Turmus located 21.7 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 760. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Timmorim built on its 2,877 acres.

369. Tirat Al Louz located 6 miles south of Haifa. Population: 5,270. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Tirat Karmel built on its 10,763 acres.

370. Tirat Dandan located 11.8 miles ENE of Jaffa. Population: 1,290. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Tirat Yehuda built on its 1,739 acres.

371. Tubsur located 12.4 miles SW of Tulkarem. Population: 125. Obliterated in 1948; its 825 acres were stolen and added to the Jewish settlement of Raananna.

372. Tulayl located 10.5 miles NE of Safad. Population: 170. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Yesud and Ha-Ma’ala built on its 1,005 acres.

373. Um Kalkhah located 2 miles north of Acre. Population: 800. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Ben Ammi built on its 203 acres.

374. Umm Ajrah located 15.5 miles south of Beisan. Population: 260. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,328 acres were stolen.

375. Um Al Amad located 11 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 265. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Allone’abba built on its 2,281 acres.

376. Umm Al Shouf located 23 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 480. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,857 acres were stolen.

377. Umm Al Zaynat located 16.7 miles SE of Haifa. Population: 1,470. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Elyaqim built on its 5,514 acres.

378. Umm Kalkhah located 8 miles south of Ramlah. Population: 60. Obliterated in 1948; all its 326 acres were stolen.

379. Umm Khaled located 8.7 miles West of Tulkarem on the Mediterranean Sea. Population: 970. The village’s 724 acres were stolen and incorporated into the Jewish city of Netannya after the village was blown up in 1948.

380. Wadi Aarahi located 33.5 miles south of Haifa. Population: 230. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish kibbutz Barqay built on its 2,194 acres.

381. Wadi Hunayn located 4.4 miles west of Ramlah. Population: 630. Obliterated in 1948; all its 573 acres were stolen and its mosque made into museum.

382. West Batani located 32 miles NE of Gaza. Population: 980. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Azriqam built on its 1,143 acres.

383. Yaffa. The city of Jaffa in 1948 had a population of 71,000 Palestinians. By November l948, all but 3,651 were force fully evicted from their homes. The city was then taken over by Jewish immigrants, and renamed Yafo.

384. Yalou located 15.5 miles NW of Jerusalem. Population: 1,644. Obliterated in 1967 together with the Palestinian villages of Imwas’ and Beit Nouba; all 3,748 acres were stolen.

385. Yaqouq located 6.8 miles south of Safad. Population: 210. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Huqoq built on its 1,063 acres.

386. Yarda located 4.4 miles NE of Safad. Population: 100.Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hazor built on its 342 acres.

387. Yasour located 18.6 miles south of Jaffa. Population: 1,070. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Hazor Ashdod built on its 3,355 acres.

388. Yasour located 6 miles SE of Jaffa. Population: 4,030. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Azor built on its 2,952 acres.

389. Yibnah located 15 miles south of Jaffa. Population: 5,420. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Yavne built in 1949 on its 14,889 acres.

390. Youbla located 7.4 miles NW of Beisan. Population: 210. Obliterated in 1948; all its 1,289 acres were stolen.

391. Zakariya located 16.7 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 1,180. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Zekharya and Sedot Mikha built in 1950 on its 3,830 acres.

392. Zalafah located 5 miles NW of Tulkarem. Population: 210. Obliterated in 1948; all its lands of 1,928 acres were stolen.

393. Zarnouqah located 7.4 miles SW of Ramlah. Population: 2,380. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlements of Giv’at Brenner and Zarnuqa built on its 1,386 acres.

394. Zayta located 18.6 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 330. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Gal’on built on its 2,623 acres.

395. Zikreen located 15.5 miles NW of Hebron. Population: 960. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Kesalon built on its 4,299 acres.

396. Ziri’in located 8 miles north of Jenin. Population: 1,420. Obliterated in 1948, with the Jewish settlement of Yizre’el built in 1949 on its 5,550 acres of stolen land.

 

(Facebook / David Mitchell /26.04.2012)

Settlers attack village, block Nablus road

Settler attacks are common and rarely prosecuted.
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers in the northern West Bank set up a roadblock and attacked a Nablus village on Thursday, a PA official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, said that settlers blocked a main road that links the West Bank town of Huwwara to Tulkarem and Qalqiliya.

Settlers prevented Palestinian vehicles from passing through, causing a large traffic jam. Around 12 settlers also attacked the village of Urif in Nablus, clashing with local villagers.

Witnesses said the Israeli army was present during the incident but fired tear gas at the villagers.

In 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that settler attacks had increased by 50 percent on the previous year.

The Nablus district experienced the majority of settler violence in 2011.

Source: When Settlers Attack, The Palestine Center, 2012
(www.maannews.net / 26.04.2012)

Ambtenaren over akkoord: ‘dramatisch’, Natuurmonumenten tevreden

Natuur- en milieuorganisaties zijn blij dat er extra geld naar natuur gaat.

Het akkoord dat VVD, CDA, D66, GroenLinks en ChristenUnie donderdagmiddag hebben gesloten kan rekenen op veel positieve reacties. Toch zijn er ook kritische geluiden te horen.

De makelaarsvereniging NVM is blij dat de overdrachtsbelasting op 2 procent blijft. Ook heeft de NVM er begrip voor dat nieuwe aflossingsvrije hypotheken niet meer in aanmerking komen voor hypotheekrenteaftrek.

Podiumkunsten
De Vereniging Vrije Theaterproducenten (VVTP), waarin producenten als Joop van den Ende, Ivo Niehe en Mojo zijn verenigd, juicht het toe dat de btw op podiumkunsten weer teruggaat van 19 naar 6 procent. Dat geeft de sector lucht, aldus VVTP-voorzitter Erwin van Lambaart. De Vereniging van Schouwburg- en Concertgebouwdirecties (VSCD) sluit zich daar bij aan.

Ouderenbond ANBO is blij met de terugkeer van het persoonsgebonden budget (pgb) en met het terugdraaien van het plan om patiënten 9 euro per recept te laten betalen.

Het uitblijven van bezuinigingen op ontwikkelingssamenwerking kan rekenen op goedkeuring van de Nederlandse ontwikkelingsorganisaties. ‘Dit is goed nieuws voor de miljoenen mensen die onze investeringen nodig hebben’.

Onderwijs
De onderwijsbond CNV Onderwijs is heel gelukkig dat de bezuiniging op passend onderwijs van tafel gaat, maar noemt het teleurstellend dat er een nullijn voor de ambtenarensalarissen is afgesproken: ‘het onderwijspersoneel staat al twee jaar op nul’.

Het schrappen van de verhoging van de griffierechten valt in goede aarde bij de Orde van Advocaten, die blij zegt te zijn dat de rechter nu voor iedereen toegankelijk blijft.

Natuur
Natuurmonumenten is tevreden dat er 200 miljoen euro voor natuur wordt vrijgemaakt. ‘Daarmee krijgt de natuur weer lucht. Met het akkoord gaat een deel van de onevenredig forse bezuinigingsplannen van staatssecretaris Bleker van tafel. Topprioriteit is nu dat er voldoende geld beschikbaar komt voor het beheer van natuurgebieden, want die budgetten staan door de bezuinigingen in veel provincies onder druk.’

Directeur Hans Berkhuizen van Milieudefensie stelt dat anderhalf jaar aan ‘afbraakbeleid op natuur en milieu’  in twee dagen grotendeels wordt teruggedraaid. Er worden volgens hem concrete stappen vooruit gezet. ‘De vervuiler laten betalen, is niet alleen een manier om te bezuinigen maar ook een prikkel voor het vergroenen van de economie en dat is uiteindelijk in het belang van ons allemaal.’

Ambtenaren
De ambtenarenbond Abvakabo FNV noemt het akkoord ‘dramatisch’. De nullijn voor ambtenaren is in de ogen van de bond geen structurele bezuiniging. Ook is de bond niet te spreken over de snelle verhoging van de AOW-leeftijd en de verhoging van het btw-tarief.

Kritiek is er ook uit de hoek van de Woonbond. De bond ziet niets in het marktconform maken van de huren en vreest dat vooral de lagere en modale inkomens daar de dupe van zullen worden, met name in de grote steden.

Vervoerdersorganisaties TLN en EVO zijn onaangenaam getroffen door het duurder worden van het eurovignet. ‘Alleen het wegvervoer wordt aangepakt. Onze sector kan geen lastenverzwaring gebruiken’.

(www.parool.nl / 26.04.2012)

The Disappearing Terrorists

Night is here but the barbarians have not come. And now what shall become of us without any barbarians? Those people were some kind of solution.  (Constantine Cavafy)

It hardly makes sense to have a global war on terror if there are not that many terrorists  threatening to blow themselves up in Peoria. Terrorism can hardly be considered a growth industry, particularly if one assesses it based on the congressionally mandated State Department annual report on the subject. According to the report, every year terrorists become fewer and less capable.

And one would be hard-pressed to find too many instances in the document of terrorists killing Americans or even trying to kill Americans, which may be attributable to fewer Americans being found these days in places like Iraq. It is becoming even more difficult to find groups and individuals scattered overseas that have the resources, the motivation, and the skills necessary to travel to the heart of the Great Satan and, once here, acquire explosives, evade the police, make their way to Penn Station, and blow themselves up.

Lacking any real terrorists and recognizing that the war on terror must go on for reasons best known to bureaucrats and defense contractors, it has perhaps become an acceptable option to make some up. One of the most persistent allegations about the next-generation terrorism threat relates to Hezbollah. It is often noted among the punditry that Hezbollah has killed more Americans than any other terrorist group except al-Qaeda. Surprisingly, the bald assertion is actually true even if one might reasonably argue that Hezbollah does not really fit the definition of a terrorist group at all. Hezbollah did indeed carry out the 1983 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 17 Americans and nearly wiping out the CIA station, which was meeting in a conference room. A subsequent bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut killed 242 more Americans. Some other kidnappings and killings of Americans in Lebanon in the 1980s were also attributed to Hezbollah. The bombings, killings, and abductions occurred at a time when the U.S. was using military force to restore order in Lebanon, an intervention that was pretty much directed against Hezbollah with the intention of dismantling the group as a political entity.

Hezbollah has not killed any Americans since those acts of what some might consider self-defense, and there is no evidence whatsoever that the group has any interest in targeting the U.S. It is very much focused on furthering its own interests in Lebanon, where it is now a party of government, and in opposing Israeli military actions and U.S. covert operations designed to destroy it.

Nevertheless, the beat goes on. Richard Armitage, the former number two at the State Department, might have been the first U.S. official to describe Hezbollah as the “A-team” of terrorists. Shortly thereafter, Armitage retired and set up his own consulting firm that tells corporate clients how to deal with the terrorist threat, so his interest in warning about the dangers posed by terrorism might not have been completely disinterested. The ubiquitous Hillary Clinton has also warned about Hezbollah, employing similar terms even though she knows better than most that Hezbollah has no interest in confronting the United States.

And then there are the media security experts, the Judith Miller clones for whom no lie is too big as long as one can tell it with a straight face. Their line, which has been promoted assiduously since 9/11, is that Hezbollah has sleeper cells in the United States that are ready to rise up and assault the American public as soon as Iran gives the word. According to the story being promoted, Hezbollah has hundreds and possibly thousands of secret agents scattered throughout the U.S. Many of them have been here for years, and some have even been successful at setting up businesses and making money, which will, of course, be used to fund terrorism. They are only waiting for someone to come by and give them the secret handshake to stage an attack.

The only problem with that narrative is that the FBI, which has been tapping phones and entrapping Muslims while trying to identify and undo such terror cells, has failed to find a single one in over 10 years. Even within the government, many have now come to believe that the sleeper cells are a total fiction, quite likely derived from someone’s imagination. There has been no actual evidence collected by America’s multitude of intelligence and security agencies suggesting that any such underground organization is in place, and the federal government has yet to find and arrest a single authentic Hezbollah operative at large in the United States.

And then there is the related story of how Hezbollah is all over the place in Latin America, just waiting to cross the border into Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Indeed, some of the accounts describe how Qurans and prayer rugs have already been found in America’s Southwest, a sure sign that terrorists are crossing over with the flow of illegal immigrants seeking work. Under pressure from Congress and the White House, the CIA and the FBI have carefully checked out all the stories, and guess what? No Muslim religious or terrorist-related bric-a-brac has actually been discovered along the U.S.-Mexican border, and the CIA has been unable to develop any information suggesting that there are Hezbollah cells in target countries Mexico, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, or even perpetual irritant Venezuela, which has made the mistake of being friendly with Iran.

One has to ask why Hezbollah, with its limited resources and capabilities, would take the time and effort to position sleeper cells or terrorist cadres in the United States or Latin America, but the answer is self-evident: it has no reason to do so. So one has to look a little further into the problem and try to figure out what the real agenda is. To be sure, on one level, Hezbollah, which has defeated the Israeli army, is a particular bête noire for both Washington and Tel Aviv. It is reflexively damned as both terrorist and a threat, outside the pale and routinely vilified.

But the greater and more important agenda is to blacken Iran and create from whole cloth one more phony reason to go to war. It is the same reasoning that was used against Saddam Hussein — that he was “supporting international terrorism.” This cart-before-the-horse form of analysis starts with the fact that Hezbollah is an ally of Iran. The allegation that it is preparing to carry out terrorist actions inside the U.S. is taken to mean that it is really acting as a proxy for the mullahs in so doing. Tehran is therefore sponsoring a new al-Qaeda. Those who want a new war with Iran consequently argue that Tehran’s terrorist agenda must be stopped at all costs lest there be another 9/11.

Ironically, Hezbollah is, as terrorists go, a paper tiger, while both the United States and Israel with a wink and a nod are supporting actual acts of terrorism inside Iran. So one should be asking folks like Hillary Clinton and Richard Armitage who really constitutes the “A-team” of terrorists: is it Hezbollah, or is it actually the United States and Israel?

(www.mathaba.net / 26.04.2012)

Deadly bombings strike Iraq’s Diyala province

Cafe in town of Baquba hit by two explosions, killing 10 people and wounding at least 18.

Ten people have been killed and at least 15 others wounded by two explosions that struck a popular coffee shop in the Iraqi province of Diyala, security sources have said.

Diyala province has long been one of the most volatile regions in Iraq, inhabited by a mix of Sunnis, Shias and Kurds.

The attacks took place in a mainly Sunni village on the outskirts of Baquba, 65km northeast of Baghdad, a policeman in the village and a source in Diyala operations command said.

The sources said the first explosion, set off by a suicide car bomber, killed 10 people and wounded 15 others. The
policeman said a second bomb planted inside the coffee shop wounded three more people.

“We received 10 bodies and 18 wounded,” Abdul-Razaq Hussein, a doctor in Baquba hospital, told the Reuters news agency. Other news agencies reported a lower amount of wounded victims.

Tensions between Shias, Sunnis and Kurds in Iraq’s coalition government have been high since US forces withdrew
in December, raising fears of a return to the sectarian violence that almost drove the country to the edge of civil war
a few years ago.

Although violence in Iraq has dropped sharply from the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, bombings and killings still occur on a daily basis.

Five civilians were killed and 27 others wounded earlier on Thursday when a roadside bomb and a car bomb exploded in
Baghdad.

Last Thursday, more than 20 bombs hit cities and towns across Iraq, killing at least 36 people and wounding almost 150.

(www.aljazeera.com / 26.04.2012)

Israel forces ‘detain 2 teens’ near Qalqiliya

Isam Salim, 16, and Ibrahim Barri, 14, were arrested near Amatin village.
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers on Thursday detained two Palestinian teenagers east of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

Palestinian civil liaison officials said soldiers detained Isam Salim, 16, and 14-year-old Ibrahim Barri near Amatin village.

An Israeli military spokesman said two Palestinians were detained for throwing rocks at an Israeli settler. He said they were transferred to the custody of Israeli police.

(www.maannews.net / 26.04.2012)

Kan een demissionair kabinet wel zulke maatregelen nemen?

© ANP. D66-leider Alexander Pechtold staat de pers te woord na het overleg met de fractieleiders Jolande Sap (GroenLinks), Diederik Samsom (PvdA) en Arie Slob (ChristenUnie).

VK INTERVIEW Er is een akkoord. Binnen 48 uur is er een pakket samengesteld en kan minister van Financiën Jan Kees de Jager met een gerust hart naar Brussel. Vk.nl vroeg Philip van Praag, politicoloog aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, om duiding.

Hoe bijzonder is dit?
‘Nou, het is wel héél snel. Binnen 48 uur ligt er een pakket klaar. Er was natuurlijk al heel veel voorwerk verricht, dat scheelt. Niettemin, als je bedenkt dat een kabinetsformatie 3 tot 6 maanden duurt, en het Catshuisoverleg 7 weken, dat nog mislukt ook. Ik heb dit nog niet eerder meegemaakt. Maar: we weten nog niet precies hoe het pakket eruit ziet.’

Kan een kabinet dat demissionair is wel zulke maatregelen nemen?
‘Ik heb daar mijn twijfels over. Dit is een akkoord, dus er kan een brief naar Brussel. Je kunt wel zeggen dat je voor een verdere verhoging van de pensioenleeftijd bent, bijvoorbeeld, maar dat moet wel in wetten worden omgezet. En het is maar de vraag of er na de verkiezingen dezelfde partijen in de coalitie zitten.’

Waarom treden D66 en GroenLinks nu plots zo op de voorgrond? 
‘GroenLinks en D66 hebben samengewerkt in het Kunduz-dossier, en zijn zeer gefrustreerd  over hoe de formatie in 2010 mislukt is. Beide partijen hebben een enorme behoefte en ambitie om te laten zien dat ze in staat zijn regeringsverantwoordelijkheid te dragen.’

Wat betekent dit voor de positie van Wilders?
‘Dat hangt van de inhoud van het akkoord af. Als de hogere pensioenleeftijd nog eerder ingevoerd wordt dan bijvoorbeeld in het Catshuis ter tafel kwam, zal hij nog harder zeggen: zie je wel, 65-plussers zijn de klos. Hij zal het dus ten dele kunnen gebruiken voor eigen gewin. De SP net zo goed.’

Samsom was niet uitgenodigd bij D66 en GroenLinks, bleek vandaag.  Nu is er een akkoord zonder de PvdA. Wat betekent dit voor hem?
‘Niet zo heel veel. Toen een jaar geleden met de vakbonden het pensioenakkoord werd gesloten en bepaald werd dat de leeftijd in 2020 naar 66 ging, heeft Cohen daar aan meegewerkt en zijn nek er voor uitgestoken. Dat was niet onomstreden. De SP heeft zich er stevig tegen verzet. En omdat de SP electoraal toch een bedreiging voor de PvdA is, zal Samsom geen behoefte hebben die verhoging eerder in te voeren.’

‘Ook heeft Samsom gezegd dat die 3 procent voor hem niet heilig is. Want elke concessie die hij nu doet maakt hem heel kwestbaar in de campagne. Dat geldt overigens ook voor GroenLinks.’

(www.volkskrant.nl / 26.04.2012)