PLace

Ghuraba

Place
Ghuraba — غُرابَة
District
Galilee
Subdistrict
Safad
Average Elevation
100 m
Distance from Safad
22 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1931 124
1944/45 220
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Jewish Public Total
1944/45 2935 478 40 3453
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Jewish Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable 7 40 47
7 40 47 (1%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Jewish Total
Plantation and Irrigable 2928 478 3406
2928 478 3406 (99%)
Number of Houses (1931)
27

The village was situated on the lower slopes of the Golan Heights, some 13 km northeast of what the northeastern shore of Lake al-Hula was before it was drained (1951). The marshlands that extended north of Lake al-Hula were directly to its west, and on its east was the Syrian border. There were a number of springs close to the village. Its entire population was Muslim. The economy of Ghuraba was heavily dependent on agriculture and animal husbandry. In 1944/45 a total of 2,928 dunums was devoted to irrigated agriculture and orchards.

An Israeli intelligence report on Operation Yiftach dated 30 June 1948 said that the villagers of Ghuraba, in fear of an attack by Zionist forces, fled on May (see Abil aI-Qamh, Safad sub-disctrict).

In 1951, the settlement of Gonen (210281) was established north of the village site, on village land.

The stones of ruined houses are strewn across the fencedin site. Segments of a few stone walls still stand. The site and the surrounding land are used for grazing.