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Daniyal (Arabic: دانيال‎) was a Palestinian village in the Ramle Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on July 10, 1948 by the Yiftach Brigade under the first phase of Operation Dani. It was located 5 km east of Ramla and southeast of Lydda.

Kfar Daniel (1).JPG
Pre-1948 structure from Daniyal, photo taken in 2014
Daniyal is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arabic دانيال
Name meaning Daniel[1]
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°55′52″N 34°55′45″E / 31.93111°N 34.92917°E / 31.93111; 34.92917Coordinates: 31°55′52″N 34°55′45″E / 31.93111°N 34.92917°E / 31.93111; 34.92917
Palestine grid 143/148
Population 410[2][3] (1945)
Area 2,808[3] dunams
Date of depopulation July 10, 1948[4]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Kfar Daniel[5][6]



In 1838, Edward Robinson stopped by the village well, west of the village. He estimated the depth of the well to be 160 feet.[7] The villagers were Muslim, and it was noted as being in the Lydda District[8]

In 1863, Victor Guérin noted: "a small mosque situated on a height; it contains the tomb of a saint, called Neby Danyal. Some olive trees and a palm tree surround it. Near there is a village of about forty houses, also called Danyal. I observed there, not far from the dwellings, a considerable number of silos, intended to preserve straw, barley, and wheat."[9]

An official village list of about 1870 showed that the village had 24 houses and a population of 80, though the population count included men, only.[10][11]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Neby Danial: "A small settlement round the sacred shrine of the Prophet, with a well to the west. The tomb of Dan is shown here, and is believed by the Samaritans to be the true site."[12] They further noted that: "The village of Neby Danial includes the Mukam of Neby Dan, from which it is said by the natives to take its name."[13]

British Mandate eraEdit

Daniyal. Survey of Palestine. 1945. Scale 1:250,000

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Danial had a population of 277 Muslims,[14] increasing slightly in the 1931 census to 284 Muslims, in a total of 71 houses.[15]

In 1945, it had a population of 410 Muslims[2] with a total of 2,808 dunums of land.[3] Of this, 37 dunums were for plantations and irrigable land, 2,599 dunums were for cereals,[16] while a total of 15 dunams were classified as built-up areas.[17]

An elementary school for boys which is still standing today was founded in 1945, and had an enrollment of 55 students.[18]

1948, aftermathEdit

The village was depopulated after a military assault by Israeli forces on the July 10, 1948.[4] On that day, the Yiftach Brigade reported: "Our forces are clearing the Innaba - Jimzu - Daniyal area and are torching everything that can be burned." On July 11, they reported that they had conquered Jimzu and Daniel and were "busy clearing the villages and blowing up the houses."[19]

In September, 1948, Daniyal was among the Palestinian villages that Ben Gurion wanted destroyed.[20]

The Israeli settlement of Kfar Daniel was established on village land in 1949.[5]

In 1992 it was described: "The shrine of al-Nabi Daniyal, the school, and seven well built houses are all that remain of the village. The shrine, deserted amid weeds and a few trees, is made of stone, with a second story rising on one side. The first story has arched windows and doors and the second has a porch and a rectangular window. The school is presently used by residents of Kefar Daniyyel. The houses are built of stone and are all flat-roofed, with a mix of arched and rectangular doors and windows. One house is used as a warehouse."[5]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 216
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 29
  3. ^ a b c Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 66
  4. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xix village #232. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  5. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, p. 374
  6. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xxi settlement #73
  7. ^ Robinson and Smith, vol. 3, p. 56
  8. ^ Robinson and Smith, vol. 3, 2nd Appendix, p. 121
  9. ^ Guérin, 1868, p. 335
  10. ^ Socin, 1879, p. 151
  11. ^ Hartmann, 1883, p. 138
  12. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 252
  13. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 279
  14. ^ Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Ramleh, p. 22
  15. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 19
  16. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 114
  17. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 164
  18. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 373
  19. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 435
  20. ^ Morris, 2004, p. 354


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