Al-Ghazzawiyya


Al-Ghazzawiyya

Infobox Former Arab villages in Palestine
name=al-Ghazzawiyya


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arname=الغزاويه
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altSp=al-Ghazawiya
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population=1,640
popyear=1945
area=18,408
areakm=18.4
date=May 20, 1948
cause=C
curlocl=Neve Eitan, Ma'oz Haim

Al-Ghazzawiyya ( _ar. الغزاويه) was a former Palestinian and Jewish village located 2 kilometers east of the city of Bet Shean (Bisan). In 1945, the village population was 1,640, 62% Arab and 38% Jewish. It was captured by Israel's Golani Brigade on May 20, 1948 during Operation Gideon, an Israeli offensive during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The Arab population was forced to flee to nearby Syria or the present-day West Bank. [http://www.palestineremembered.com/Baysan/al-Ghazzawiyya/index.html Al-Ghazzawiyya: Town Statistics and Facts] ]

The Jewish localities of Maoz Haim and Neve Eitan are built on the lands of the former village, though a large percentage of it is used as agricultural land, in particular the wheat crop. According to Walid Khalidi, the village contained an archaeological site, Tell al-Ru'yan which was transformed into waste dump.

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