PLace

Bir Salim

Place
Bir Salim — بِير سالِم
District
Lydda
Subdistrict
Ramla
Average Elevation
75 m
Distance from Al Ramla
4 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1944/45 410 410
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Public Total
1944/45 3288 113 3401
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable 568 113 681
568 113 681 (20%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Total
Citrus and Bananas 742 742
Plantation and Irrigable 510 510
Cereal 1468 1468
2720 2720 (80%)

The village stood on flat terrain on the coastal plain, linked by a spur (which was also the village's main street) to the highway between Ramla and Jaffa. Bir Salim, classified in the Palestine Index Gazetteer as a hamlet, was built along a northeast-southwest axis. Its houses, made of either adobe or cement, were separated by narrow alleys that branched off from the main street. After World War I the British built a military headquarters in the village for General Allenby, who had led the Allied fight against the Ottomans in Palestine and Syria. All of the people of Bir Salim were Muslims. Agriculture, especially citrus cultivation, was their main economic activity. In 1944/45 they used 742 dunums of village land to grow citrus, and 1,468 dunums for cereals. In addition to cultivating crops, the villagers engaged in animal husbandry.

The settlement of Netzer Sereni (133148) was built on village land in 1948.

The site is now occupied by the Israeli settlement of Netzer Sereni. All of the former houses are gone. The old village water tank remains, and some of the old pine trees still grow on village land.