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Subject: Qumya, List of Arab towns and villages depopulated during the 1948 Palestinian exodus, Beisan Subdistrict, Mandatory Palestine, Al-Shuna, Al-Jammasin al-Sharqi
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Arabic يبلى
Also spelled Hubeleth
Subdistrict Baysan
Population 88 (1931)
Area 5,165 dunams
Date of depopulation 16 May 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Moledet

Yubla (Arabic: يبلى‎, known to the Crusaders as Hubeleth) was a Palestinian village, located 9 kilometers north of Bisan in present-day Israel. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.[2]


The village was located 9 km north-northwest of Baysan, on the southern side of a natural, shallow valley through which the Wadi al-Tayyiba flowed.[3]


The village was known to the Crusaders as Hubeleth, and Khirbat Umm al-Su´ud, about 1,5 km southeast of the village contained rough stone enclosures and traces of walls. During the period of the British Mandate of Palestine the village was classified as a "hamlet" by the Palestine Index Gazetteer. Its houses were built along the roads, especially the one to the spring Ain Yubla, north of the village.[4]

The villagers were Muslims, working mostly in agriculture. In 1944/45 a total of 25 dunums were used for citrus and bananas, 1,971 dunums were used for cereals, while 37 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards.[4]

1948, and after

By the time Israel's 'Barak' troops arrived in the village on 7 June 1948, a house-to house search found the village to be completely empty.[5]

Kibbutz Bet ha-Shittah and the Gush Nuris settlements were given thousands of dunams of refugee land from Yubla and the neighbouring villages of al-Murassas, Kafra, Qumiya, and Zir'in by the Histadrut's Agicrultural Center in July and October 1948.[6]

Today, the Israeli locality of Moledet is located on part of Yubla's former lands.[2] Walid Khalidi notes of the former village that, "The site and part of the lands are fenced in by barbed wire and are used by Israelis as a cow pasture."[4]

See also


  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xvii village #113. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  2. ^ a b Welcome to Yubla, Palestine Remembered, retrieved 2007-12-06 
  3. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p 65-66
  4. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, p.66
  5. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 262.
  6. ^ Fischbach, 2003, p. 13.


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