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Tel Aviv and its Palestinian Localities

These are the Palestinian localities in the territory of Tel Aviv today. You cannot find information about them in the city or in actual maps. They are a part of erased history of the white and first Hebrew city.

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Tel Aviv and its Palestinian villages

Shaykh Muwannis

2240 people were living in the village until it was occupied on March 30, 1948. The first records of it date back to 1799. In early 1948 Zionists forces cut off road access around the village and made it impossible to get food supplies and to go out to work. Military pressure became stronger as well, and the villagers had no substantial defense. They left out of fear of being attacked. The cemetery of the village remained but there is no access to it due to security reasons. The house of the mukhtar Ibrahim Abu Kheel became the Tel Aviv University Faculty Club and restaurant. The size of the village’s land was 15,972 dunam. The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the land (named a-Za’afranat) of the village.



Jammasin al-Gharbi

1250 people lived in the village until they were displaced on January 1, 1948. Its land size was 1,365 dunam. The children went to school in Shaykh Muwannis. After the Palestinians were expelled, the Israeli authorities inhabited the houses with Jews, mostly from Arab countries, in order to prevent the return of the refugees. A few years later started a struggle to evacuate those Jewish families for big building plans started. The struggle continues until today.



Summayl (al-Mas’udiyya)

990 people lived in Summayl until it was displaced on December 25, 1947; the first Palestinian village to be evacuated. It was repopulated by Jews, most of them of Arab origin, with the permission of the authorities. A few years later they were asked to move out without real compensation. They refused to, and the situation turned to a violent and legal struggle that continues until today.



Fishermen Village

The village was established at the estuary of al-’Auja River (named Hayarkon in Israel) by the Abu Jbara beduin family in the middle of the 19th century. In 2010, after a long legal struggle, Tel Aviv Municipality evacuated the last resident of the village, Reuven Mizrahi. He was the son of an Arab father who converted to Judaism and married a Jewish woman.



Some 13,000 inhabitants lived in this Jaffa neighborhood, 1000 of them Jews. There were three Mukhtars (leaders), two of the Palestinian and one Jewish. It was attacked and occupied by the Irgun at the end of April 1948. All the Palestinians were expelled from it to the West Bank and Jordan. Three houses were turned into a museum of the Irgun. It is one of the last remains of the Palestinian neighborhood, standing in the middle of Charles Clore Park, which hosted the Eurovision Village in 2019.



Abu Kabir

One of several Jaffa neighborhoods that were built by Egyptians in the 1940s’ when Ibrahim Pasha was ruling the country. It was occupied by April 1948 and the Sakna (the built-up area) was completely destroyed soon afterwards.




A big town where 7800 Palestinian lived until the Nakba. It was occupied in April 1948 by the Alexandroni unit after a long resistance from the town fighters. Jews, most of them from Arab countries inhabited the town with the authority's permission. Few years later the authorities sought to evacuate the residents, and a violent and legal struggle began, which continues to this day. The mosque of the town is still standing but its dome was damaged by Jews in October 2000.




It was a small neighborhood between Manshiyya and Jaffa, right on the seashore. 

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