PLace

al-Wayziyya

Place
al-Wayziyya — الوَيْزِيَّة
District
Galilee
Average Elevation
250 m
Subdistrict
Safad
Distance from Safad
8.5 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1931 100
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Jewish Public Total
1944/45 3673 153 3826
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Jewish Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Public Total
Non-Cultivable 153 153
153 153 (4%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Jewish Total
Cereal 3611 3611
Plantation and Irrigable 62 62
3673 3673 (96%)

The village was situated in an area underlain by volcanic rocks that sloped toward the al-Hula Plain to the north. A secondary road linked al-Wayziyya to a highway leading to Safad and Tiberias. A shrine for a Shaykh al-Wayzi lay about 0.5 km from the site; to the west of the shrine there was a stone quarry. The bulk of the villagers were Bedouin, who earned their livelihood from animal husbandry, and to a smaller extent from crop cultivation.

The capture of al-Wayziyya occurred in April or May 1948, within the scope of Operation Yiftah. Nearby Mughr al-Khayt (200266) was hit by mortars on 2 May, while villages to the north were evacuated in late April in anticipation of a Haganah attack. It probably fell some time before the final assault on Safad on 10 May, as Zionist forces pushed into the city's hinterland before encircling and occupying it.

There are no Israeli settlements on village lands. Zionists established the settlement of Machanayim (203266) in 1939, 1.5 km southeast of the village site.

The shrine of Shaykh al-Wayzi is the only remaining landmark. Rubble from destroyed houses is scattered over the site. Grasses, together with Christ's-thorn, eucalyptus, and pine trees, grow on the surrounding land, which is used by Israelis primarily as pasture.