al-Manshiyya Before 1948
The village was situated on uneven terrain that sloped genfly southward. It was on the northern edge of the al-Hula Plain, next to a road that ran from the village of aI-Khalisa to the Syrian town of Banyas. An archaeological site known as Tall al-Battikha lay about 800 m west of the village; the great quantity of pottexy fragments on its surface indicated that it was ancient. Al-Manshiyya was classified as a hamlet by the Palestine Index Gazetteer.
Occupation and Depopulation.
Al-Manshiyya, like other villages in Salad District, succumbed to the campaign of psychological warfare and direct military assault that was implemented during Operation Yif~ tach (see Abil aI-Qamh, Salad District). The villagers left on 24 May 1948, just before the end of the operation.
Israeli Settlements on Village Lands
The settlement of Beyt Hifiel was established in 1940 about 1 km south of al-Manshiyya, on lands belonging to the neighboring village of al-Zuq al-Tahtani. Another settlement, ha-Gosherini , was founded in 1948 about 2 km to the east, but it is not on village land.
The Village Today
The village site is covered with grass and some eucalyptus trees, and no landmarks remain. The surrounding land is used for growing cotton by the settlements of Beyt Hillel and ha-Gosherim.
Source: al-Khalidi, Walid (ed.). All that remains: the Palestinian villages occupied and depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington DC: 1992.
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