My Grandfather lived in Ras Abu ‘Ammar, that was his hometown. In 1948 it was “depopulated.” How sterile are the post-tragedic words we use. No, it wasn’t depopulated, they were kicked out, with threat of violence. The stories of Deir Yassin were fresh in their minds. Deir Yassin was a place familiar to my grandparents, it was on their way to Jerusalem. That short tread to the city which my grandfather took often to sell produce or find work.
The distance was a three hour walk according to my father. 12 Kilometers according to maps (as the crow flies) and 16 kilometers as a trek or hike.
The stories of mutilation and rape in Deir Yassin stuck to their imagination and forced them to live in fear until that doomed day on October 21st 1948, these guys showed up and kicked my family out of Ras Abu Ammar. Some of the Palmach members that de-populated the village were born in Germany, some in Poland, some in Jerusalem, but regardless of their place
I am bothered by how little about this village is moving from one generation to the next, especially those in the diaspora.
I tried to collect all the data about this village here in one place, perhaps that will help future generations stay in touch with it. Should I say her?
There were 8 Km2 of land. With a population 620 in 1945. This is Wikipedia data that is easily discernible from the 1945 Department of Statistics books. I tried collecting all the data that I could gather and I appreciate all the help I got from Wikipedia editors in finding references and from everyone who contributed