Ma'alul


Ma'alul

Infobox Former Arab villages in Palestine
name=Ma'alul


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arname=معلول
meaning=
altSp=Ma'lul, Maalul, Maaloul, Mahlul
district=nz
population=390
popyear=1931
area=
areakm=
date=15 July 1948
cause=Population fled after losing the war they started
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curlocl=Migdal HaEmek, Kfar HaHoresh, Timrat, and an Israeli military base

Ma'lul was an Arab village in Palestine, made up primarily of Palestinian Christians, that was depopulated and destroyed by Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Located six kilometers west of the city of Nazareth,cite web|title=Ma'lul|publisher=Palestine Remembered|accessdate=2008-03-31|url=http://www.palestineremembered.com/Nazareth/Ma'lul/] many of its inhabitants became internally displaced refugees, after taking refuge in NazarethRabinowitz, 1997, p. 27.] and the neighouring town ofYafa.cite web|title=Palestinian Internally Displaced Persons inside Israel:Challenging the Solid Structures|author=Nihad Bokae'e|date=February 2003|publisher=Badil|url=http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:pAyzZrWxCJEJ:www.badil.org/Publications/Monographs/Palestinian.IDPs.pdf] Despite having never left the territory that came to form part of Israel, the majority of the villagers of Maalul, and other Palestinian villages like Andor and Al-Mujidal, were declared "absentees", allowing for the confiscation of their land under the Absentees Property Law.cite journal|title=Israel’s Arab Minority:The Great Land Robbery|journal=New International|volume=Vol. XXIII No. 1|date=Winter 1957|pages=pp. 7–30|author=Hal Draper|url=http://www.marxists.org/archive/draper/1957/xx/tragedy.html|accessdate=2008-03-31]

Today, much of the former village's lands are owned by the Jewish National Fund.cite web|title=Mourning the departure of Arab Christians|publisher=Catholic New Times|date=December 1 2002|author=Merrilee Langenbrunner|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0MKY/is_18_26/ai_111696863|accessdate=2008-03-31] All that remains of its former structures are two churches, a mosque and a Roman era mausoleum, known locally as "Qasr al-Dayr" ("Castle of the monastery").

See also

* List of villages depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war

References

Bibliography

*Citation|title=Overlooking Nazareth: The Ethnography of Exclusion in Galilee|author=Dan Rabinowitz|year=1997|publisher=Cambridge University Press|isbn=0521564956|unused_data=|


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