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  • #418Villages: This village house, photographed in 1988, is in Dayr Yasin, one of 38 Arab villages in the Jerusalem district that were occupied and depopulated by Zionist forces during the 1948 Nakba.

By 1945, Dayr Yasin was home to 610 inhabitants who owned 667 acres of the village land. It was the site of the bloodiest atrocity of the Nakba. On 9 April 1948, Zionist militias, namely the Irgun and Stern Gang, aided by the Zionist High Command, carried out the massacre of 107 villagers.

Indeed, plans for occupying Dayr Yasin were underway as part of Operation Nachshon, one of 13 military operations that were known as Plan Dalet.

The massacre has since become synonymous with numerous atrocities committed during and after the 1948 war and for the impact it had on increasing the exodus of Palestinians fleeing the war that year.

By the summer of 1949, several hundred Jewish immigrants were settled in the village that had been renamed as Giv’at Sha’ul Bet.

Today, Dayr Yasin is engulfed by the urban spread of Israeli West Jerusalem. While many of the villagers’ homes are still standing, some have been converted for commercial purposes, and others into residential buildings occupied by Israelis such as the one in this photo. (Check link in bio to learn more about the Jerusalem district villages that were depopulated by Israel in 1948)