In this website, we generally provide six maps, an excel tableand a report, all in Arabic.
M1.1 the village built up area (BUA) location.
M1.2 the village land area showing place names, natural features and landmarks such as mosques, churches, schools, cemeteries, sheikh/weli/maqam, antiquities, wells and so on.
M2.1 aerial photo of the village if available or a drawn map of the village as best as possible based on sketches drawn by the village residents.
M2.2 Digitized plan of the village houses as far as can be ascertained. When available, the names of the house owners are given. The list of house owners isnot needed for the Competition but may help to visualize the future design of the village and the hamula or haret house distribution. Note that, although the information obtained from various sources which may not be complete, it give a reasonable picture of the village as it was.
M3.1 The land area of the village today (circa year 2000) showing new roads and Israeli settlements on the village land where relevant, while showing the old landmarkson the same map for reference back to the original village.
M3.2 A modern satellite image of the village site as it exists today. It is remarkable to see that most village sites are still vacant. Most of Kibbutzim (Israeli settlements) were built away from the original village sites. Therefore the new village could be built on the same old location. See a further note about village sites later.
The excel file shows the list of house owners as accurately as possible. As stated above, this is not needed for the Competition but it helps show the distribution of each hamula and the village public places. A typical village social structure is usually made up of about 4 to 5 large families (hamulas) in 4 or 5 neighborhoods (harat),usually referred to by their direction: Al-harah Al-gharbiya, sharqiya, shamaliya, qibliya.
The report lists in 11 points the following information: the population of the village at different times, its land area, its geography and history, its families, education, agriculture, crafts, water resources, antiquities and holy sites, description of Israeli attacks and occupation, the path of expulsion, present exile and the remains of the village today. Population at any other date may be obtained from official sources or increased tentatively from that given at 2008 by net growth of 2.7%.
There could be in the website more illustrative maps and photos if available. Alternatively some of this data may be missing or combined with other villages.
It is to be noted that some village combination are to be treated as one, when a major village has satellite villages or sister villages. For example, the following should be treated as one:
Al Ghabisiyya with Sheikh Daud and Sheikh Dannoun.
Tarbikha with Suruh and Nabi Rubin.
Batani Sharqi and Gharbi
Sawafir Shamaliya,Sharqiya, Gharbiya.
References are listed in the village reports. All participants are encouraged to do more research by examining the given references, finding new ones, consulting the web where much information is posted by the village people and through interviews with the village elders.
The information given herein is the bare minimum. More research should be carried out by the participants. For more maps about the village and region you are encouraged to consult, for example: www.plands.org/ar/maps-atlases and for references, see General References. The main references consulted in this project are those by Dabbagh, Khalidi and Abu Sitta, shown in red.