Al-Shajara


Al-Shajara

Infobox Former Arab villages in Palestine
name=al-Shajara


imgsize=250
caption=
arname=الشجرة
meaning="the Tree"
altSp=al-Shajera
district=tb
population=770
popyear=1945
area=3,754
areakm=3.8
date=May 6, 1948
cause=M
curlocl=Ilaniya

al-Shajara ( _ar. الشجرة) is a former Palestinian Arab village depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It is located 14 kilometers west of Tiberias near the villages of Lubya and Hittin. Al-Shajara's population was 396 in 1596 during Ottoman rule, rising to 543 in 1922, during the rule of the British Mandate of Palestine. The last census was taken in 1945 by Sami Hadawi who recorded a population of 770. [http://www.palestineremembered.com/Tiberias/al-Shajara/index.html Welcome to al-Shajara] PalestineRemembered.]

History

The Crusaders referred to al-Shajara by "Seiera". The Arabic name of the village "ash-Shajara" translates as "the Tree".

In 1907, al-Shajara residents attacked the nearby Jewish settlement of Sejera, in response to the residents of that town occupying village farmlands. [Khalidi, Rashid. " [http://books.google.com/books?id=kx70b1UeYwgC&pg=PA104&lpg=PA104&dq=Shajara+Palestine&source=web&ots=fWyJdkP0kr&sig=NfsNFIWQt_AGUaQwMcgSE6eA0M4&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=6&ct=result#PPA106,M1 Palestinian Identity] " Columbia University Press, ISBN 0231105150 pp.103-106.] During the 1948 War, the Arab Liberation Army defending al-Shajara battled Israeli forces in the village in early March. [Tal, David. (2004)." [http://books.google.com/books?id=dL29_RBATv0C&pg=RA1-PA336&lpg=RA1-PA336&dq=Shajara+Palestine&source=web&ots=L81j4BZCY5&sig=Rev1Rh56lwNMwyIEyeSUfhebV64&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result#PRA1-PA338,M1 War in Palestine, 1948] " Routledge, ISBN 071465275X pp.338-340.] It was captured by Israel on May 6, 1948 — the entire population fled.

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