PLace

Khirbat al-Buwayra

Place
Khirbat al-Buwayra — خربة البُوَيْرَة
District
Lydda
Average Elevation
250 m
Subdistrict
Ramla
Distance from Al Ramla
15 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1944/45 190 190
1931 101 101
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Public Total
1944/45 1150 1150
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Total
Non-Cultivable 803 803
803 803 (70%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Total
Cereal 316 316
Plantation and Irrigable 31 31
347 347 (30%)
Number of Houses (1931)
17

The village was located on a hilltop, spread along both banks of a wadi and surrounded by low-lying wadis and hills. A dirt path linked the village to the al-Ramla-Ramallah highway, less than 2 km to the east, and other, dirt paths connected it to adjacent villages. The village was founded by families from the area who first established farms on the land and then gradually built houses there. Their houses were made of masonry and mud, clustered together and separated by narrow alleys. The entire population was Muslim. A well on the site supplied Khirbat al-Buwayra with water for domestic use. The inhabitants grew grain, vegetables, and fruits; these crops were either rainfed or irrigated with water from several wells scattered around the site. In 1944/45 a total of 316 dunums was allocated to cereals. Thirty-one dunums were irrigated or used for orchards; olives were grown on 25 dunums, and some of the land area served as pasture. A khirba that bore the village's name was located on the outskirts; it contained the foundations of a rectangular building that was equipped with cisterns.

During the second phase of Operation Dani (see Abu al-Fadl, al-Ramla District), after Israeli units had conquered and depopulated al-Ramla and Lydda, some units advanced eastwards in the direction of al-Latrun. Khirbat al-Buwayra was probably seized during that push, in mid-July 1948. The sub-operation failed to capture al-Latrun but brought a substantial number of Palestinian villages under Israeli occupation. There is no account of the occupation of this village, but General Yigal Allon, who commanded Operation Dani, was notorious for deporting large numbers of people from areas falling under his control. When the armistice lines between Israel and Jordan were drawn they fell in close proximity to the village.

There are no Israeli settlements on village land.

The village has been reduced to rubble, which is scattered over a wide area; only the walls of one big house, made of relatively large stones still stand. The center of the site contains many wells and private gardens, separated by stone markers that also serve as stairs leading down to the wadi. In 1989, a fire burned the almond, fig, olive, and pine trees that grew at the center of the site. Today the village is a military training area.