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Qaddita

Place
Qaddita — قَدِّيتا
District
Galilee
Average Elevation
750 m
Subdistrict
Safad
Distance from Safad
4.5 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1944/45 240 240
1931 170 170
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Public Total
1944/45 2440 1 2441
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable 807 1 808
Built-up 31 31
838 1 839 (34%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Total
Cereal 1452 1452
Plantation and Irrigable 150 150
1602 1602 (66%)
Number of Houses (1931)
32

The village was situated on the slope of a hill and faced southeast. Its name could have been a corruption of the Syriac word kaddisha, 'sacred.' A secondary road linked it to a highway going to Safad. In 1596, Qaddita was a village in the nahiya of Jira (liwa' of Safad) with a population of 149. It paid taxes on a number of crops, including wheat and barley, as well as on other types of produce and property, such as goats, beehives, and vineyards. In the late nineteenth century, Qaddita was a village built of stone and mud; the slope on which it was located was partially covered by gardens and fig trees. The village's population, estimated at 200, lived in 'ten houses' It seems likely that at least one or two of these 'houses' were clusters of one-room dwellings centered around enclosed courtyards; such a house could shelter a number of related families. In modem times Qaddita extended in a northwest-southeast direction, following the contours of the land. Its houses, made of stone, were grouped closely together. Its entire population was Muslim. Its economy was based on animal husbandry and crop cultivation, the most important crops being grain and fruits such as grapes, figs, and pomegranates. In the 1942/43 season 77 dunums of village land were planted with olive trees. In 1944/45 a total of 1,452 dunums was allotted to cereals; 150 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards.

Directly after the fall of Safad, a number of eastern Galilee villages were evacuated, and Qaddita was one of them, according to Israeli military intelligence. By 11 May 1948 it had been emptied of its residents, under the influence of the capture of Safad on 910 May. Israeli historian Benny Morris does not make clear whether or not Haganah forces mounted a direct attack on the village when they entered it, nor does he say whether they destroyed it. Qaddita was one of the westernmost villages to fall within the scope of Operation Yiftach (see Abil al-Qamh, Safad District), designed in part to render eastern Galilee 'Arab-free.' Some villagers were apparently evicted some time after the village was occupied. In 1949, Morris reports that some refugees from Qaddita had been transported to 'Akbara, just south of Safad. They lived there in harrowing circumstances and these conditions 'remained bad for years.'

There are no Israeli settlements on village lands. However, the settlements of Sifsofa (191268), built on Safsaf village lands to the northwest, and Dalton (196269), built on Dallata village lands to the northeast, are not far from the site.

All that remains are tombs from the cemetery and stone rubble from the destroyed homes. The site is covered with thorns and weeds, as well as a few neglected fig and olive trees. The nearby settlements have planted forests as well as fruit trees on some of the surrounding land.