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Kharruba

Place
Kharruba — خَرُّوبَة
District
Lydda
Average Elevation
175 m
Subdistrict
Ramla
Distance from Al Ramla
8 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1944/45 170 170
1931 119 119
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Public Total
1944/45 3373 1 3374
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable 1725 1 1726
Built-up 3 3
1728 1 1729 (51%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Total
Cereal 1620 1620
Plantation and Irrigable 25 25
1645 1645 (49%)
Number of Houses (1931)
21

The village was situated in a flat area on the central coastal plain, less than 4 km northeast of the al-Ramla-Jerusalem highway. Paths linked it to neighboring villages, especially 'Innaba, from which secondary roads led to al-Ramla, either directly or via the al-Ramla-Jerusalem highway. Some of the village lands were covered by forests, comprised mainly of oak and carob (kharrub in Arabic) trees. (The village name was probably a reference to the carob trees.) The French traveler Guérin, who visited Palestine several times in the mid-nineteenth century, described Kharruba as a hamlet , and it was later classified as a hamlet by the Mandate-era Palestine Index Gazetteer. Its adobe houses, closely packed together in no particular pattern, were separated by narrow alleys. Its population was predominantly Muslim. The residents purchased basic staples from the marketplaces of surrounding villages, where they also sold their goods. Kharruba's economy expanded toward the end of the Mandate and house-building increased. The villagers cultivated grain, vegetables, and fruits. Fruit groves were concentrated along the northeast and southwest sides of the village. In 1944/45 a total of 1,629 dunums was allocated to cereals; 25 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards.

The Israeli army's Yiftach Brigade reported on 10 July 1948 that its units had occupied Kharruba, blowing up houses and 'cleaning up' the village in the process. The next day the Yiftach units received orders 'to dig in in every place captured and to destroy every house not intended for occupation [by Israeli troops].' Israeli historian Benny Morris relates that these tasks were carried out as part of Operation Dani (see Abu al-Fadl, al-Ramla District), in which a force of almost four brigades moved to encircle and occupy the towns of Lydda and al-Ramla and their surrounding villages.

There are no Israeli settlements on village lands.

The site is covered with the stone rubble of the destroyed houses, overgrown with vegetation. Many of the plants that grow on the site are ones that Palestinians traditionally planted near their homes: cactuses, castor oil (ricinus) plants, and cypress, Christ's-thorn, and olive trees. The surrounding land is used by Israelis as a grazing ground.