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District North
Government Local council
Hebrew שַׁעַבּ
Arabic شعب
Population 6,000 (2006)
Area 5442 dunams (5.442 km2; 2.101 sq mi)
Coordinates 32°53′28.16″N 35°14′27.2″E / 32.8911556°N 35.240889°E / 32.8911556; 35.240889Coordinates: 32°53′28.16″N 35°14′27.2″E / 32.8911556°N 35.240889°E / 32.8911556; 35.240889

Sha'ab (Arabic: شعب‎; Hebrew: שַׁעַבּ‎) is an Israeli-Arab town (a local council) in the North District of Israel. It has 5,442 dunams (6.4 km²) of land under its jurisdiction and in 2006 had a population 6,000.

It was captured by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on July 19, 1948 during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The villagers surrendered without a fight,[1] and it was subsequently depopulated. It was found by the IDF's Ninth Brigade still to be inhabited in December 1948, and the residents were expelled on foot.[2] It was later repopulated by the Israelis with Arabs expelled from elsewhere to prevent its inhabitants from returning.[3]

See also


  1. Morris 2004, p. 423
  2. Morris 2004, p. 514
  3. Morris 2004, p. 536


  • Morris, Benny. Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press, 2004.


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