PLace

al-Na'ima

Place
al-Na'ima — الناعِمَة
District
Galilee
Subdistrict
Safad
Average Elevation
75 m
Distance from Safad
26 km
Population
Year Arab Jews Total
1931 858
1944/45 1030 210 1240
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Jewish Public Total
1944/45 4450 2414 291 7155
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Jewish Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable 60 291 351
Built-up 112
172 291 463 (6%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Jewish Total
Cereal 156 217 373
Plantation and Irrigable 4122 2197 6319
4278 2414 6692 (94%)
Number of Houses (1931)
174

The village was located on flat land in the northwest portion of the aI-Hula Plain. A secondary road linked it to the village of al-Khalisa and to a highway leading to Safad and Tiberias. Its population was predominantly Muslim. It had a boys' elementary school. In 1944/45 a total of 156 dunums was allocated to cereals; 4,122 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards.

AI-Na'ima was emptied of its population during Operation Yiftach (see Abil al-Qamh, Safad sub-disctrict). One of the main objectives of this operation was to seize control of the city of Safad. The final assault on Safad took place on 1011 May 1948, and with the fall of the city, the residents of several villages in the sub-disctrict, already demoralized by psychological warfare and mortar shelling, panicked and left. Al-Na'ima was one of these villages; according to an Israeli intelligence report, its residents left on 14 May. It is likely that Israeli troops entered it shortly afterwards, but there is no account of the village's subsequent fate.

Ne'ot Mordekhay (206285), built in 1946 on village land, is south of the site. North of the village site is the settlement of Beyt Hillel (206290), built in 1940, and to the southeast is Kefar Blum (207286), built some 2 km from the village in 1943 .

Apart from a few trees, the site is hardly recognizable as the former location of a village. It has become part of the agricultural land of the plain.