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Ijlil al-Shamaliyya

Place
Ijlil al-Shamaliyya — إجْلِيل الشَمالِيَّة
Known also as: Jalil al-Shamaliyya
District
Lydda
Average Elevation
25 m
Subdistrict
Jaffa
Distance from Jaffa
15 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1944/45 190
1931 * 305
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Jewish Public Total
1944/45 1900 521 29 2450
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Jewish Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Jewish Public Total
Non-Cultivable 123 47 29 199
Built-up 7
130 47 29 206 (8%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Jewish Total
Cereal 1574 474 2048
Plantation and Irrigable 13 13
Citrus and Bananas 183 183
1770 474 2244 (92%)
Number of Houses (1931)
9
*

The village was situated on a hilltop, overlooking the Mediterranean to the west and a wide expanse of open land to the east. IjIil al-Shamaliyya (northern Ijlil) was approximately 100 m north of its twin village, IjIil al-Qibliyya (southern IjIil). It may have been named after a Shaykh Salih 'Abd al-Jalil. It was laid out in a rectangular pattern that stretched from north to south along the Jaffa–Haifa coastal highway. Its houses were made of adobe bricks or concrete. The population of IjIil al-Shamaliyya was predominantly Muslim. The village had a school, founded in 1945, that also served Ijlil al-Qibliyya; sixty-four students were enrolled in the school's founding year. It also had a mosque and a number of small shops. The villagers cultivated fruit, grain, and vegetables. In 1944/45 a total of 183 dunums was devoted to citrus and bananas and 1,574 dunums were allotted to cereals; 13 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards. In addition to agriculture, the villagers engaged in fishing. An archaeological site in the village contained evidence of tessellated pavements, building foundations, and quarrying.

IjIil al-Shamaliyya was occupied at the same time as its sister village of Ijlil al-Qibliyya (see Ijlil al-Qibliyya, Jaffa District).

Gelil Yam (134173), founded in 1943 on what were traditionally village lands, is east of the village site.

The site is difficult to identify with precision because it is now part of a large garbage dump.