District: Ramla

Occupation date: 06/06/1967


Imwas (Arabic: عِمواس‎) was a Palestinian Arab village located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southeast of the city of Ramla and 26 kilometres (16 mi) from Jerusalem in the Latrun salient of the West Bank. Often identified with the biblical Emmaus, over the course of two millennia, Imwas was intermittently inhabited and was ruled by the Romans (including the Byzantines), Arab caliphates, Crusaders, Ottomans, and the British, as part of the Mandate in Palestine. After the 1948 war, Imwas fell under Jordanian occupation.

Captured by the Israeli Forces during the Six-Day War on June 7, 1967 along with the neighbouring villages of Yalo and Bayt Nuba, the villagers of Imwas were expelled and the village destroyed on the orders of Yitzhak Rabin. Today the area of the former village lies within Canada Park, which was established by the Jewish National Fund in 1973.


Tour at 'Imwas village
Imwas / Canada Park
The Creation of New KKL
Traveling on the Ruins


Remembering Imwas, Yalu and Bayt Nuba 05/2007


Where the villages stood 12/2007
Turning entire Palestinian villages invisible 16/06/2016
What is Martin Luther King's name doing in the ruins of a Palestinian village? 17/02/2016
Building a Community to be Proud Of 04/2014
Most JNF - KKL forests and sites are located on the ruins of Palestinian villages 04/2014
Zochrot's experience facing the Jewish state challenge 10/2013
Act of Recognition at Imwas Village 05/2012
To the University of Ontario, re: 2008 Jewish National Fund Negev Dinner and Award 01/2008
Response of the Occupied Territories Military Commander to Zochrot's Canada Park petition 04/2006
JNF's response to Zochrot's Canada Park petition 04/2006
High Court ruling on Canada Park legal fees 05/2006
High Court petition on Canada Park 05/2005
Letter to JNF on continued signposting of Palestinian sites 03/2006
Restless Park: On the Latrun villages and Zochrot 11/-0001
2nd Film Festival \ Media coverage 11/2014
If there already is a sign in the park - there will also be a mention of the destroyed Palestinian village 31/01/2008
The Palestinian Past of Canada Park is Forgotten in JNF Signs 31/05/2005
Omrim Yeshna Eretz – Once upon a Land 08/2012
Locality testimonies
Crying Wolf? By Uri Avnery 16/03/2003
Locality events
Virtual Tour: The Jewish National Fund and the Nakba
JNF- 120 years of Dispossession: Action and tour
Tour & action at the Destroyed Palestinian village of 'Imwas [In Canada- Ayalon Park]
Tour at 'Imwas
Locality tours
Tour at 'Imwas village
Park Canada
'Imwas tour - Report
Imwas, Yalu, and Beit Nuba Tour - Report
Locality activities
Procession of Return to the Villages of Latrun
The signs are posted!
Missing sign at Canada Park
Sign vandalized